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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 obesity rate doubles over decade
Bangor Daily News - 8/5/2010.
Bangor: Mainers gained weight along with the nation, as its self-reported obesity rate rose from 15-20 percent in 2000 to nearly 30 percent as of 2009, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine states now have obesity rates of 30 percent or greater, compared with no states in 2000 and three in 2005.
School lunch reform creeps toward package
Grist - 8/5/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The school lunch bill leaped up from its hospital bed (it's in critical condition, remember!) and did a little jig today. What broke its fever? In a pig-flying moment of bipartisan comity, the Childhood Nutrition Act, aka the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" passed the Senate by unanimous consent this afternoon.
Augusta to resume some herbicide spraying
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: The city is about to restart limited herbicide spraying despite some residents' concerns the chemicals could harm people.
Lobsters feed revival Down East
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Clark Canfield – Portland: The nation’s last full-time sardine cannery is being given a second life four months after it closed with a company agreeing to buy it and operate it as a lobster-processing facility. Bumble Bee Foods LLC announced Wednesday it had agreed to sell the former Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor to Massachusetts-based Live Lobster Co. Inc.
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