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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
Outdated science can’t protect us from new toxins
Kennebec Journal - 3/30/2012.
Editorial – A 1970s law based on 1960s science is all we have to protect us from toxic substances in our environment. Regulations that envisioned smokestacks and drainpipes as the prime sources of dangerous chemicals should be updated to look out for toys, baby shampoo and a variety of consumer products as the vehicles for dangerous chemicals to enter our bodies and harm us.
Stories about meat, trimmings almost makes me eat just veggies
Kennebec Journal - 3/30/2012.
By Denis Thoet – It almost makes me want to be a vegetarian. Stories in last Sunday's newspaper went into exquisite detail about the recall of ground beef sold by Hannaford after a number of people got sick with a drug-resistant strain of Salmonella.
Why are people dying to bring you dinner? The shocking facts about our food system
Alternet - 3/30/2012.
By Christopher D. Cook – Cesar Chavez, the champion of farmworkers' rights who gets his annual day of state recognition this Saturday, must be rolling in his grave. It's been 37 years since Governor Jerry Brown signed the landmark agricultural labor relations act – and soon California legislators will debate whether to enforce rules to provide water and shade to the 400,000 farmworkers who harvest our food.
New study is first to show that pesticides can induce morphological changes in vertebrate animals, says Pitt researcher
University of Pittsburgh News - 3/30/2012.
By B. Rose Huber – Pittsburgh: The world’s most popular weed killer, Roundup, can cause amphibians to change shape, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. According to the authors, this is the first study to show that a pesticide can induce morphological changes in a vertebrate animal.
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