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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
Maine study finds potentially disastrous threat to single-celled plants that support all life
Bangor Daily News - 6/11/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Boothbay: Phytoplankton. They produce the oxygen in every other breath you take. In 2007, the reproduction rate of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine decreased suddenly by a factor of five and, according to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, it hasn’t bounced back.
Better chemicals mean better business
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 6/10/2012.
Op-ed by Adam Lee – Cars are safer and better now than at any other time in history. I am not just talking about anti-lock brakes or air bags; I am talking about the chemicals and substances that go in and come out of the cars.
EPA considers banning gender-bending herbicide atrazine
Treehugger - 6/8/2012.
Melissa Breyer – Environmental groups have been calling for a federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, and the EPA is now poised to listen. The deleterious chemical has been banned in the European Union since 2004. Yet 80 million pounds of it are applied in the United States annually on corn, sugarcane, rice, sorghum and on golf courses and lawns.
Honeybee decline linked to killer virus
The Guardian [UK] - 6/8/2012.
By Damian Carrington – The deadly link between the worldwide collapse of honeybee colonies and a bloodsucking parasite has been revealed by scientists. They have discovered that the mite has massively and permanently increased the global prevalence of a fatal bee virus.
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