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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
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.
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.
Strawberry cake good for the Fourth, or any time
Bangor Daily News - 7/4/2012.
By Sandy Oliver – If you put a little whipped cream on this strawberry-studded cake and garnish it with blueberries, you could call it Fourth of July Cake, and I like the idea of coming up with one that doesn’t need frosting. Or you can just eat it anytime for dessert.
Another good reason to choose organic sweet corn
Portland Press Herald - 7/4/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Corn is a traditional Fourth of July treat, whether roasted on the grill, steamed in a large pot or layered into a lobster bake. Yet this all-American food is increasingly raising red flags among independent scientists and farmers. This summer marks the first time that Monsanto's Bt sweet corn has been approved for planting in Maine.
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