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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
Penobscot Bay as region struggles with identity, narrowing economic base
The Working Waterfront - 4/23/2013.
By Tom Groening - Penobscot Bay is a distinctive estuary, easily recognized even in a photo taken from space. According to a recent study, it is "the largest, most ecologically diverse, island-filled bay in the Gulf of Maine." Yet the people who live in the two-dozen towns that rim the bay do not see themselves as part of a single region, nor is there any unifying government or leadership group. And that lack of cohesion and identity will hinder efforts to combat some sobering demographic trends.
Morning Briefing: Heavy hitters on GMO, emergency shield & brass knuckles
Portland Press Herald - 4/23/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Don't know GMO: With a list of over 100 bipartisan co-sponsors, it would appear that LD 718 is a slam dunk. Not so fast.
Crowd Wants Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food
MOFGA Announcements - 4/23/2013.
Augusta, Maine - Nearly 100 people are expected to turn out today in Augusta to testify in favor of LD 718, An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock. The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hear public testimony on this bill beginning at 1 p.m., and the hearing is expected to last into the evening. At noon, before the hearing, proponents of the bill will hold a press conference and take questions in the Welcome Center of the Capitol building.
The benefits of alternative farming methods
The Guardian [UK] - 4/23/2013.
By Abigail Conrad - Small-scale farmers produce food for 70% of the global population. Yet, they are some of the world's poorest and most food insecure people. Alternatives to conventional farming should be embraced to improve subsistence farmers' yields and to ensure adequate food production for the growing global population. Agroecology, a farming approach that mimics natural ecosystems, is an alternative method that can produce more food using fewer resources.
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