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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
Small farmers create jobs. Here’s why
Treehugger - 3/2/2012.
By Sami Grover – Yesterday I referenced the incredible job creating potential of local foods, using it as a starting point to rant against the nonsense accusations of elitism that are often leveled at the locavore foodie crowd. Those musings went off on some tangents, covering everything from anti-Volt distortions to the tax dodging, job killing mischief of the true elite. But that opening observation is worth a post in itself – because investing in local food really does create an awful lot of jobs.
Our co-owned future
Yes! - 3/2/2012.
By Gar Alperovitz – The explosive force of Occupy Wall Street – and more than a thousand other local efforts—offers hope that a movement committed to long-term change might one day achieve a fundamental transformation of the American political-economic system. Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call “evolutionary reconstruction.”
Maine gardeners, growers asked to help feed the hungry
Bangor Daily News - 3/2/2012.
By Kathryn Olmstead – Maine is the most food-insecure state in New England – ninth in the nation. That means one in five children under the age of 16 in this state lives in a household uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough nutritious food for all its members.
$5 gas = long, hot, crazy summer
Post Carbon Institute - 3/1/2012.
By Richard Heinberg – Here in northern California gasoline is now retailing for $4.20 a gallon. Prices haven’t been this high since mid-2008. Forecasts for $5 per gallon gas in the US this summer are now commonplace. What’s driving prices up?
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