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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
Meet your greens, part 3
Ethicurean - 10/4/2009.
By Elanor – This is the third in a series about the USDA hearings on an industry proposal for a food-safety marketing agreement for leafy green vegetables. My first post describes what marketing agreements are and do; my second covers the first day of testimony, which was dominated by industry supporters of the agreement.
Organic Nation TV finishes East Coast tour
Treehugger - 10/4/2009.
By Sara Novak – Organic Nation TV host Dorothee Royal-Hedinger and camera man Mark Andrew Boyer have been traveling the country visiting sustainable farmers and providers, and getting a sense of the "sustainable food landscape." Organic Nation TV just completed their east coast tour. The tour started in New York City and went to Darien, Conn.; New Haven, Conn.; Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Unity, Maine; Burlington, Vt; and Waitsfield, Vt, to name a few.
Triple D Acres farm of the year
Kennebec Journal - 10/4/2009.
By Betty Jespersen – New Sharon: Dairy farmer John Donald has a few common sense words of advice that he's followed over the years: Keep your milk cold, your water hot and stay out of debt. The simple principles have helped John and Marcia Donald successfully produce high-quality organic milk from healthy, contented cows on their farm on Weeks Mills Road.
In vodka, taste of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/4/2009.
By Ann S. Kim – Freeport: When Chris Dowe looks at the three one-ton bags of potatoes in the distillery, he sees vodka in the raw. The characteristics of the potatoes remain key as they are cooked into a soup that is fermented into wine and triple-distilled. Even after the alcohol is mixed with water, Dowe can trace the vodka's origins back to the potatoes. "Ours comes out very smooth," said Dowe, managing partner and head distiller at Maine Distilleries. "The flavor is very distinctive. This is more a traditional vodka."
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