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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
Egg inquiry calls attention to rules in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 9/17/2010.
By David Sharp – Portland: Congressional investigators looking into problems at an Iowa farm owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster that is at the center of a recall of 380 million eggs will get to see the promising results of stricter regulations at egg farms in Maine.
Senior project puts food on plates
Kennebec Journal - 9/17/2010.
By Matthew Stone – Readfield: Tyler DeAngelis lamented the look and taste of his lettuce one day at lunch during his sophomore year at Maranacook Community High School. The stuff in his salad, DeAngelis said, was "brown and slimy and wilted." "I was eating the cafeteria food and it was nasty," he said. "I want to show the kids that eating good food is the way to go."
Many veggies still growing as Jack Frost delays his arrival
Kennebec Journal - 9/17/2010.
By Denis Thoet – In a good year – and this is a good year – the slide into fall is the best part. Recent cool weather has pushed summer behind us, but there has been no frost, not even a prediction of frost for the coming week. That means we can keep ripening our tomatoes on the vine, keep hoping we might get another picking of green beans, delay harvesting our first crop of sweet potatoes.
FDA/USDA gotta grow some backbone
Grist - 9/17/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In the wake of the massive egg recall, the Senate's long-awaited food-safety bill is being held back by a GOP senator on specious fiscal concerns.
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