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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
Maine’s Cellar Door Winery
Bangor Daily News - 6/10/2009.
By Emily Burnham – The symbol displayed prominently throughout the property and incorporated into the logo of Cellardoor Vineyard in Lincolnville features two outward-facing half-circles split by a vertical line, and connected by a horizontal one. According to historical lore, hobos would carve this symbol into abandoned spaces during the 1930s to indicate that the space was safe and welcoming.
Down economy fuels a hunger for food-preservation workshops
Portland Press Herald - 6/10/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Lots of folks are putting in recession gardens this year to help take a bite out of their spiraling food budgets. But what do you do in August when you suddenly have tomatoes coming out your ears? Apparently, lots of other people are wondering about that too. Kathie Savoie, a food-safety expert at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, says she has been swamped with requests for food preservation workshops this year. She's already done 14 since March.
40 percent of Maine field corn called modified
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2009.
Associated Press – PORTLAND, Maine – Agriculture officials say 40 percent of Maine’s field corn acreage last year was genetically modified, which is half the national rate.
Poisoning the planet
Resurgence - 6/8/2009.
By Miguel Alitieri – In 2007, Genetically modified (GM) crops were grown on 114.3 million hectares worldwide. Of the twenty-three countries which grow GM crops, Argentina and Brazil are the major players in South America, though the cultivation of transgenic crops is also expanding in Bolivia and Paraguay. The biotech industry claims that GM crops have met the expectations of millions of farmers in developing countries, delivering benefits to consumers and society through more affordable food that requires less pesticides to grow and hence leads to more sustainable farming. What corporations fail to mention is that Roundup Ready (RR) soybean accounts for 70% of all GM crops and is tolerant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, glyphosate.
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