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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
A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer
Mother Jones - 4/19/2013.
By Tom Philpott - As investigators and rescuers move through a destroyed fertilizer factory in West, Texas, it makes me think about just what nitrogen fertilizer is, and why we use so much of it.
Cheap, Sustainable, Delicious: Fava Fries
Take Part - 4/19/2013.
By Ian Knauer - Now that I’m home and about to plant my own vegetable garden, favas are high on my list. Before I would be wary of a plant that takes up so much space and yields only a labor-intensive bean. But now that I know I can eat everything, I’m excited to grow them.
The Ivy League Vegetable Farmer
Take Part - 4/19/2013.
By Lawrence Karol - If, as the saying goes, the journey is as important as the destination, Davis Lindsey is off to one heck of a good start.
Use of GM Cotton Linked to Rise in Aphid Numbers
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/19/2013.
By Richa Malhotra - In an unexpected trade-off, the cultivation of cotton that has been genetically engineered to reduce caterpillar damage has been linked to higher numbers of another pest - aphids.
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