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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
Bovine TB in milk as well as beef
The Telegraph, UK - 6/30/2013.
By Louise Gray - Milk from cattle with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been sold in the UK, the Daily Telegraph can reveal.
GMOs in Italian Artisan Foods: Traditions Impacted by Biotech?
Epoch Times - 6/30/2013.
By Tara MacIsaac - Parmesan cheese and other beloved Italian food exports give the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Italy international breadth. Though GM crops are banned from Italian fields, much of the country’s livestock is fed with GM soy imported from Brazil and Argentina.
Mass. Rep. Ellen Story seeks labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms
Gazettenet - 6/30/2013.
By Richie Davis - On the one hand, Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, says her constituents include scientists who insist there’s no health danger from eating genetically engineered foods in small quantities. On the other hand, plenty of her constituents are very concerned that genetically modified foods are dangerously toxic or at least that not enough is known about them.
Down on the farm, frustration's up
Portland Press Herald - 6/29/2013.
By M. L. Johnson, AP - The failure of Congress to pass a farm bill leaves the nation's dairy farmers under a cloud of uncertainty.
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