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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
Our View: Food safety rules would hurt small Maine farms
Portland Press Herald - 8/21/2013.
Editorial - Regulations designed to stop contamination in huge factory farms don't make sense here. The vast fields of strawberries in California and spinach in Arizona bear little resemblance to the small family farms of Maine. But federal regulations proposed to limit foodborne illness treat them too similarly, and would put undue strain on small businesses that have been a Maine success story in the last decade.
Nathanael Johnson: Grist to whose mill?
GM Watch - 8/21/2013.
Claire Robinson takes Grist’s new food writer to task for falling for pro-GM spin.
A Note from Joel Salatin
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/21/2013.
Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind USDA policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe. I did and still do consider it a distinct honor for his staff to invite me as one of the 25 dignitaries in Virginia Agriculture for this think-tank session in Richmond.
Feds get an earful from Pingree, farmers on new food safety rules
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2013.
By Mario Moretto - Proposed regulations for fruit and vegetable producers would cripple Maine’s small farms and cause many to close, according to farmers speaking Monday to federal officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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