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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
Food Sovereignty: Think Globally, Eat Locally
Other Worlds - 2/17/2013.
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell - A movement is afoot to put food, land, and agricultural systems back in the hands of citizens. One element has long been considered the overarching essential around the world, though it is only beginning to make an appearance in this U.S. This is food sovereignty, a combination of farming practices, marketing systems, and policy choices.
Momentum becomes Ensia
Columbia Journalism Review - 2/17/2013.
By Curtis Brainerd - A nonprofit environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota that’s been quietly racking up awards for three years is moving on to bigger and bolder things. On Tuesday, the university announced that Momentum, a thrice yearly publication launched in fall 2008, will now be called Ensia, and that with the new name comes a sleek new website designed to meet “a growing demand for trusted, solution-focused communication about environmental topics.”
Biotech Industry Ups Propaganda Efforts with Undercover Ambassadors?
Mercola.com - 2/17/2013.
By Joseph Mercola - For years now I’ve warned of the many potential dangers of genetically engineered (GE) foods, pointing out that such crops might have wholly unforeseen consequences. In recent years, such suspicions have increasingly proven correct, forcing the biotech industry to up the ante of their propaganda campaign.
Blood levels of BPA become source of controversy
Science News - 2/17/2013.
By Janet Raloff - Boston: The ubiquity of the pollutant bisphenol A in many plastic products, food-can linings, cash-register receipts and dental resins means that everyone is exposed to it daily. But controversy remains about how much BPA people actually ingest or otherwise encounter.
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