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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Contaminated compost? Toxins may be lurking in that bag you’re about to buy
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Thanks to fractured or lax regulations as well as the ubiquitous contamination of our environment by industrial chemicals (particularly heavy metals and pesticides), there's a distressingly real risk of toxic chemicals making it into commercial and municipal compost. And it's a particular problem for organic growers.
FDA admits supermarket chickens test positive for arsenic
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – According to the Associated Press, the FDA has confirmed that chickens given a drug, such as Pfizer's Roxarsone (frequently those destined for the low-cost supermarket shelf), do indeed test positive for inorganic arsenic – just as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found back in 2006. Despite this earlier evidence, the industry had continued to steadfastly maintain that the arsenic could not and did not make it into the meat.
GMO crops threaten livelihood of organic farmers
CBC News - 6/6/2011.
CBS Evening News Clip. The USDA approved the unregulated release of genetically modified alfalfa, which poses a threat of contamination from one farmer's land to another's. And, as Seth Doane reports, the release has organic farmers concerned for their livelihood.
Nash Island sheep shearing is rite of spring, creates sense of community
Bangor Daily News - 6/6/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Nash Island: The hundreds of islands dotting Maine’s Down East coast traditionally have been used to hold herds of sheep for centuries, causing the name Ram Island to appear repeatedly on maps of the Maine coast. During the first week of June for more than 100 years, Addison community members have gathered to shear the sheep.
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