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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
Family farmers demand real change
Common Dreams - 1/9/2009.
As President-elect Barack Obama confronts the current economic crisis, in the shadows lurks an issue that demands equal attention, despite it's low profile during the campaign: agriculture.
Can’t eat the view? Wait for final vote
Portland Press Herald - 1/9/2009.
A Scarborough gardener's proposal to create an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn is leading one online contest and in the top 15 of a second as Barack Obama's Inauguration Day approaches.
Farm in state of semi-hibernation
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2009.
By Denis Thoet – It's a nice coincidence that the end of our farming year is pretty much the end of our financial year, so we can run the numbers and start making plans for next year. The big picture is that our one acre-plus garden produced almost 9,000 pounds of food out of 35 different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
Growing (hull-less) oats can help ease high organic poultry ration costs
Farmer’s Weekly [UK] - 1/9/2009.
Although there's been an easing in the price of some organically grown cereals for use in poultry rations, the Soil Association believes farmers producing organic eggs and poultrymeat could reduce high feed costs by venturing into home-grown cereals. 
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