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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
Agriculture commissioner nominee clears hurdle
Kennebec Journal - 2/4/2011.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: A dairy farmer from Waldo who is Gov. Paul LePage's nominee to be Maine's next agriculture commissioner earned unanimous support Thursday from a legislative committee.
Regulatory reform or environmental rollback?
Village Soup - 2/3/2011.
Opinion Editorial by Representative Andy O'Brien (D - Lincolnville) - The governor's spokesman told the Bangor Daily News, “Our expensive, toughest-in-the nation regulations are crippling investment and job creation in Maine.” However, the range and scope of the proposals have left many questions as to whether the rollbacks would truly bring prosperity and create jobs or actually harm Mainers.
Oysters disappearing worldwide: study
Alternet - 2/3/2011.
Agence France Presse – A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85% of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting. Most of the remaining wild oysters in the world, or about 75 percent, can be found in five locations in North America, said the study published in BioScience.
Catastrophic weather events are becoming the new normal
Alternet - 2/3/2011.
By Bill McKibben – If you were in the space shuttle looking down yesterday, you would have seen a pair of truly awesome, even fearful, sights. Much of North America was obscured by a 2,000-mile storm dumping vast quantities of snow from Texas to Maine.
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