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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
Garden advice for May
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Soil temperature is the most important factor in deciding when to direct sow main-season crops and when to transplant seedlings. Many of our summer vegetables are tropical in origin and will not grow well until the soil has sufficiently warmed.
Government keeps picking winners, losers on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
Op-ed by Jack Hedin – Here’s the first thing to understand about federally subsidized crop insurance: In an era when direct payments to farmers are increasingly difficult to justify, crop-insurance subsidies are becoming the main way in which public policy supports commodity crop farmers.
Growing numbers of wineries giving Mainers a taste of the midcoast
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Heather Steeves – Union: When Elmer and Holly Savage started growing grapes here 10 years ago, there were only a handful of wineries in Maine. Now there are eight wineries in the midcoast area alone. The area seems to be at the center of the state’s burgeoning wine industry – despite, not because of, its profitability.
Growth of the local food industry has industrial farm lobby worried
Kennebec Journal - 4/27/2012.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Living in Maine means that we are at the end of the road – literally – if we are in business and rely on out-of-state suppliers. I learned this week, however, we are a leader one key area: the production of healthy food and providing that food to low-income Mainers who need it.
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