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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
Fungus poses threat to Maine’s low-bush blueberry crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/5/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Due to the wet summer, the wild blueberry harvest is running about a week late this year. But growers are still hoping for a bumper crop, if they can keep a new threat to their fields under control. Valdensinia leaf spot is a very small fungus that could cause very big problems for Maine's low-bush blueberry industry. "We've made a major effort to do an educational push on this, because this is something very different than (growers) have dealt with in the past," said David Yarborough, a cooperative extension blueberry specialist and professor of horticulture at the University of Maine.
Opposing camps agree on rewriting toxin law
USA Today - 8/5/2009.
Environmentalists and chemical manufacturers don't often agree. But on Tuesday, environmentalists and industry leaders called on Congress to change the way that the country protects children from toxic chemicals. The law that governs toxins, the Toxic Substances Control Act, is more than 30 years old and "badly broken," says Richard Denison, senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund. In three decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has used the law to ban or severely restrict only about half a dozen chemicals, says Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group.
Filmmmakers ask tough questions in ‘Food Inc.’
Portland Press Herald - 8/4/2009.
Editorial – Forget about fad diets or extreme exercise programs. Anyone who wants to lose weight this summer should head to a movie theater and watch "Food Inc.," Robert Kenner's documentary that asks hard questions about where our food comes from, what's in it and what it is doing to us.
State warns on bottles with BPA (Bisphenol A)
Boston Globe - 8/4/2009.
Massachusetts public health officials warned parents of young children yesterday to avoid storing infant formula or breast milk in plastic bottles containing bisphenol A - and urged pregnant or breast-feeding women to avoid the common chemical in other food and drink containers.
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