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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
Climate change is already shrinking crop yields
Mother Jones - 7/4/2012.
– By Tom Philpott – For years now, people have wondered how climate change will affect farming. How will humanity feed itself during a time of rising temperatures and recurring drought? ere in the US, we're starting to get a taste of things to come – and it's bitter.
Eating local: an infographic
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies - 7/3/2012.
Are you torn between local lettuce and foreign fennel? Can't decide on farm-to-table or plane-to-plate? Let MNN clear the air with this beginner's guide to what being a 'locavore' or 'globavore' really means.
Farms’ use of antibiotics adds to ‘superbug’ risk
Portland Press Herald - 7/3/2012.
Op-ed by The Washington Post – The Food and Drug Administration announced in 1977 that it would begin prohibiting the use of some antibiotics in agriculture, but Congress objected and nothing happened. Since then, the need for restraint has grown. The wonder drugs of the 20th century have been so widely used that germs are becoming resistant to them, giving rise to "superbugs," bacteria that are immune to one or more antibiotics.
This US summer is ‘what global warming looks like’
Bangor Daily News - 7/3/2012.
By Seth Borenstein – Washington: If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks. Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.
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July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

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