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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
Probable carcinogens found in infant care products
The Washington Post - 3/13/2009.
By Lyndsey Layton – More than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer, the organization said yesterday.
New Way To Farm Boosts Climate, Too
Christian Science Monitor - 3/12/2009.
No-till agriculture, in which farmers don’t plow their fields anymore, is one practice said to promote carbon sequestration in the soil. Organic farming is another. Researchers here at the nonprofit Rodale Institute are now developing a hybrid “organic no-till” farming system that they say could sponge up more carbon than any other way of growing food.
Plastic or paper? Maybe neither
Boston Globe - 3/12/2009.
By David Abel – Environmental officials and the owners of hundreds of supermarkets throughout the state are expected to sign an agreement today to reduce by a third the plastic and paper bags the grocers distribute in Massachusetts.
It’s a scrambled egg scene
Portland Press Herald - 3/11/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Choosing a dozen eggs at the grocery store these days is as complicated as picking a health insurance plan. There are so many labels, with so many different options. Who knows what they all mean?
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