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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 suit airs debate on organic vs. modified crops
The New York Times - 2/8/2012.
By Julia Moskin – Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields.
Portland raw milk sales will need no warnings
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Portland: Dairy farmers will be permitted to sell raw milk at the city's farmers markets without having to warn customers about its potential health risks. After a long discussion, the City Council voted Monday night not to amend the city's Farmers Market Ordinance to require vendors to display a placard and provide handouts to consumers detailing the risks of unpasteurized milk.
Maine peaches have delicious past
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
Letter by C. Waite Maclin – Thanks so much for the fine article by Dennis Hoey, "Do I dare to plant a peach?" in the Jan. 29 Maine Sunday Telegram. As a weekend orchardist and gardener, I have certainly experienced changes in the climate since 1978, when I moved to Maine from Virginia. Last frosts in the spring come much earlier and first frosts in the fall much later, I remember often calling neighbors for a "tomato alert" in early October. Now killing frosts can come the middle or end of October.
How to tap birch sap and why you’d want to
Treehugger - 2/6/2012.
By Sami Grover – This video from Undercurrents showing how to sustainably tap birch sap is so cool. It reveals a simple, safe and time-tested tradition for obtaining a nutritious "energy drink" from a common tree.
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