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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
Johnny’s donates easement on 29 acres to trust
Kennebec Journal - 2/29/2012.
By Beth Staples – Albion: Benton Field has been forever preserved as a place to grow pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. Johnny's Selected Seeds donated a 29-acre agricultural conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Johnny's Research Farm on Foss Hill Road. Erica Buswell of Maine Farmland Trust thanked Johnny's for preserving the land used for plant breeding and seed production.
Environmental obesogens make children and adults fat
Institute for Science in Society - 2/29/2012.
By Joe Cummins – Metabolic diseases and obesity are on the increase over the last decades. In France, the proportion of population overweight or obese rose 12 % between 1997 and 2003. In the United States, the prevalence of obesity was 32.2% among adult men and 35.5% among adult women in 2007-2008; and obesity in adolescence was significantly associated with increased risk of severe obesity in adulthood. In 2011, a national study of infants and toddlers in the US found that nearly one-third were overweight or obese at 9 months and 2 years of age.
Yet another look at winter grazing
The Contrary Farmer - 2/29/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – Over the years I have become very intrigued with the idea of grazing livestock year-round in the north, even though I have found as many negative things to say about the idea as positive. My thinking has been that wild cud-chewers and horses make it through winter just fine unless they become over-populated, so why not cows and sheep?
The State of the Chicken
The Atlantic - 2/29/2012.
By Ari LeVaux – The age-old debate over which comes first seems close to being resolved in favor of the chicken. After years of hens being treated as little more than egg-dispensers, concern is growing for the well-being of the layers themselves.
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