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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
After West disaster, News study finds U.S. chemical safety data wrong about 90 percent
Dallas News - 8/25/2013.
By Jon McClure, Daniel Lathrop and Matt Jacob - Even the best national data on chemical accidents is wrong nine times out of 10. A Dallas Morning News analysis of more than 750,000 federal records found pervasive inaccuracies and holes in data on chemical accidents, such as the one in West that killed 15 people and injured more than 300.
For Vermont, no goodnight, Irene, just yet
Portland Press Herald - 8/25/2013.
By Wilson Ring, AP - Wallingford, Vt.: Two years after Tropical Storm Irene washed 10 acres of crops and an entire field of topsoil down a valley between the Vermont mountains, Evening Song Farm is distributing produce again. But it will be years, if ever, before the ground is productive again.
Small farmers: Rules could halt local food trend
Boston Globe - 8/25/2013.
By Holly Ramer - As the local food movement gains steam, northern New England farmers are steaming mad about proposed regulations they fear will leave them unable to meet growing consumer demand for their produce.
Chef's touch transforms school lunches in Maine
Kennebec Journal - 8/25/2013.
By Meredith Goad - Gone are the days of American chop suey from a can and unidentifiable slabs of meat covered in gloppy gravy.
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