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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
Stomach-churning CDC report on restaurant food safety
San Francisco Chronicle - 12/10/2013.
Kathryn Roethel - If you feel a little queasy after last night's dinner out, you're probably not alone.
How to grow chickens without buying grain
Treehugger - 12/10/2013.
By Sami Grover - Why waste agricultural effort on growing feed for animals when we can simply feed ourselves? That's the most simple premise behind the environmental case for veganism. But that equation gets a bit more complicated when animals don't eat food fit for humans—but rather turn resources we couldn't otherwise eat, whether it's trash or grass, into a high-value protein for human consumption.
The WhiteWave Foods Company Announces Agreement to Acquire Premier Organic Produce Company Earthbound Farm
Wall Street Journal - 12/9/2013.
The WhiteWave Foods Company, a leading consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and Europe, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Earthbound Farm, one of the country's leading organic food brands, from its existing shareholders led by Kainos Capital and founders Drew & Myra Goodman, for approximately $600 million in cash.
WhiteWave Consumes Organic Salad-Greens Distributor Earthbound
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/9/2013.
By Mark Kastel - WhiteWave CEO, and former Dean Foods CEO, Gregg Engles knows as much about vegetables as he knew about dairy when he orchestrated a global feeding frenzy in that market to build Dean Foods. The end result was the destruction of dozens of independently owned, regional dairy businesses and thousands of jobs. After they were done pillaging they then jettisoned the WhiteWave division earlier this year.
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