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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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Germany dioxins: Officials probe 'illegal activity'
BBC News - 1/7/2011.
German officials are investigating possible "illegal activity" after a company allegedly supplied 25 animal feed makers with 3,000 tonnes of contaminated fatty acids. Tests from the Harles und Jentzsch plant in Schleswig Holstein found excessive levels of the poisonous chemical dioxin, officials said. Some 4,700 German farms have been shut. Officials say the dioxin levels pose no risk to humans, but contamination fears have spread across Europe.
House GOP drops word ‘organic’ from committee charged with oversight
Grist - 1/7/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Want some good news about the GOP's takeover of the House? Look elsewhere. Want some more bad news? You're in the right place. Food blog La Vida Locavore discovered something that indicates the new Republican majority on the House Agriculture Committee intends to massively de-emphasize organic agriculture.
Have we learned nothing since “Silent Spring”?
The Independent - 1/7/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – Nicotine, found in tobacco, is a deadly substance – and not only for smokers. It has long been known as a powerful natural insecticide, and its presence in the tobacco crop has evolved to deter pests; it is toxic to virtually all of them.
World food prices enter 'danger territory' to reach record high
The Guardian [UK] - 1/5/2011.
By Jill Treanor – Soaring prices of sugar, grain and oilseed drove world food prices to a record in December, surpassing the levels of 2008 when the cost of food sparked riots around the world, and prompting warnings of prices being in "danger territory". An index compiled monthly by the United Nations surpassed its previous monthly high – June 2008 – in December to reach the highest level since records began in 1990.
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