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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
Six bogus arguments used to trash local food
Alternet - 7/6/2012.
By Jill Richardson – A new book, The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet by Pierre Desroches and Hiroku Shimizu, uses arguments from neoliberal economics to explain why those who advocate eating local food are wrong. But perhaps the models used in neoliberal economics do not accurately apply here. Here are six economic principles that do not fit when it comes to food and agriculture.
Northern Girl promotes using local produce at home and in mass market
Bangor Daily News - 7/6/2012.
By Kathryn Olmstead – I yell from my car window to the slim man shaking a rug outside the back door of an unlabeled, one-story building on the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone: “Is this the old NCO Club?” “Hi Kathryn,” he responds, confirming I have found the home of Northern Girl LLC and am about to meet its general manager, Chris Hallweaver.
Weather forces farmers to replant
Kennebec Journal - 7/5/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Sidney: Diane Campbell never uses chemical fertilizer, but out of desperation, she sprinkled some on her pepper plants. Campbell, who runs Wolf Creek Farm in Sidney with her husband, Robert, said the recent hot, dry weather, followed by days of heavy rain, is taking its toll on crops.
Giant hogweed infestation in Bangor could spread to Kenduskeag stream, expert says
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2012.
By Dylan Martin – Bangor: If there was a Hulk version of Queen Anne’s lace, giant hogweed would be it. The invasive plant species can tower up to 14 feet tall with flower heads up to 1 foot wide, but it’s far more malevolent than its kin: The stem’s sap can cause serious burns on your skin and in some cases blindness.
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