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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
While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales
The New York Times - 11/6/2010.
By Michael Moss – Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese, and proceeded to devise and pay for a $12 million marketing campaign.
Slow Food’s Conference: sustaining the sustainability crusaders
The Atlantic - 11/5/2010.
By Pascale Brevet – On a clear late October morning, more than 5,000 people milled about the Lingotto exhibition hall in Turin, Italy. Traditional costumes from every continent mixed to form a colorful patchwork, and the air filled with the murmur of languages from over 160 countries. The Terra Madre community had returned to Turin.
The problems with patenting genetically modified foods
The Atlantic - 11/5/2010.
By Marion Nestle – In a friend of the court brief, the Justice Department said human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. Although the brief focuses on genes for breast and ovarian cancer, and specifically excludes man-made genetic modifications like those in corn and soybeans, it could be interpreted as having some implications for food biotechnology – excluding "biopiracy," for example, a pejorative term for the private appropriation of public biological resources.
USDA issues draft environmental assessment of GM sugar beets
Food Navigator USA - 11/5/2010.
By Caroline Scott-Thomas – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) of genetically modified sugar beets, including an option to permit planting of the beets under certain conditions.
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