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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
Aquaculture raises job hopes but spawns environmental outcry in Nova Scotia
Edmonton Journal - 12/19/2012.
By Alison Auld – Nova Scotia’s promotion of open-net fish farms pens is opposed by citizens’ groups and fishermen. The province recently released an aquaculture strategy that emphasized expanding the industry to boost jobs in parts of rural Nova Scotia hit hard by unemployment and outmigration.
Dude, what's this stuff doing in my Gatorade? Teen takes on brominated beverages
Environmental Health News - 12/19/2012.
By Brett Israel – Sarah Kavanagh’s online petition to remove potentially toxic chemical brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from popular sodas and sports has gotten nearly 200,000 signatures since November. Overexposure to bromine may be related to skin lesions, memory loss, nerve disorders, reproductive and behavioral problems.
Kohlrabi, the next big thing in the garden?
The Washington Post - 12/19/2012.
By Barbara Damrosch – A kohlrabi is a strange-looking object even when it’s not the size of a soccer ball – a green or purple globe that sits just at soil level, with leaf stems protruding upward at various longitudes and latitudes on its surface. The more typical varieties I’ve chosen to grow, such as Kolibri, are harvested at baseball size or smaller – crisp and tender enough to eat raw.
Yum, McDonald’s Vow Food Safety After China Poultry Report
Bloomberg - 12/19/2012.
By William Bi and John Liu – Yum! Brands Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. said they are working with Chinese suppliers to ensure the safety of food they serve after China Central Television reported the companies may have sold chicken that had been indiscriminately fed antibiotics and growth hormones.
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