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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
Acquiring knowledge by accident
OrganicToBe - 12/29/2010.
By Gene Logsdon – We learn our lessons more by chance than by deliberation. Or maybe it is more to the point to say that we learn by living. For sure, what we learn from experience sticks with us longer than what we think we learn in classrooms. I can’t remember how to do algebra problems involving two unknowns but I will never forget what happened when I was dumb enough to touch a frosty piece of iron with my tongue.
What Is in Fast Food? A Newly Discovered Reason to Avoid Fast Food
Huffington Post - 12/29/2010.
By Dr. Joseph Mercola – A new study shows that toxic perfluoroalkyls, which are used in surface protection treatments and coatings to keep grease from leaking through fast food wrappers, are being ingested by people through their food and showing up as contaminants in blood.
Group grows winter business with online farmers market
Portland Press Herald - 12/27/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – A group of farms in Cape Elizabeth is creating an online winter farmers market that draws on their products and those from other Maine growers. Cape SoPo Winter Share got its start when the farmers from the William H. Jordan Farm and Green Spark Farm started talking about their winter plans.
Five myths about school food
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/26/2010.
By Janet Poppendieck – When President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act earlier this month, he joked that if he hadn't been able to get the bill passed he would have been "sleeping on the couch." His wife, Michelle, laughed this off: "Let's just say, it got done so we don't have to go down that road," she told the crowd at a D.C. elementary school for the signing.
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