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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 farmers wary of new food safety rules
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2013.
By Michael Shepherd - Augusta: Maine farmers worried about the implications of new federal food regulations outlined their concerns Monday at a forum attended by a top Obama administration official.
Mainers tell Obama official proposed rules would hurt small farms
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2013.
By Michael Shepherd - Food Modernization Act “an impossible ideal that will not work in Maine,” farmer [Jim Gerritsen] says at Augusta forum.
'Monsanto Law' Brings Uproar to Chile
Common Dreams - 8/19/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - Protesters filled the streets of over 10 cities in Chile on Saturday to march against what has been dubbed 'Monsanto Law,' a measure critics say risks the country's food sovereignty while putting seeds in the hands of a few multi-national corporations.
Maine Farmers Worried About Costs of New Food Safety Rules
Maine Public Broadcasting - 8/19/2013.
By A.J. Higgins - Representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration got more than an earful from Maine farmers today during a scheduled listening session in Augusta that focused on proposed rules for implementing the federal Food Safety Modernization Act. The act was passed by Congress two years ago, after a multi-state foodborne illness outbreak killed 30 people who had consumed tainted cantaloupes. Maine farmers say they support food safety rules, but object to some proposed policies they claim are unnecessary and potentially devastating to small growers.
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