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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
Ogunquit could be first Maine municipality to ban pesticides
Bangor Daily News - 3/22/2013.
By Samantha Stephens, York County Star - The Select Board heard several proposals for ordinance changes at a meeting held Tuesday, March 19. Michael Horn, chair for the Conservation Commission, approached the board asking to amend an ordinance that forbids the use of pesticides and herbicides on town lands to be extended to encompass private property as well.
Climate swings put heat on Maine’s syrup makers to start earlier, think smarter
Bangor Daily News - 3/22/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - While most Mainers enjoy the kickoff of the state’s maple season in late February or early March, Eric Ellis’ syrup season started up in late January, with his workers beginning to drill holes and lay lines for the trees in Big Six Township, north of Jackman. It pays these days for maple producers to be prepared to catch an early run, Ellis said.
EPA Favors 'Bee-Toxic Pesticides' Over Future of Food, Groups Charge
Common Dreams - 3/22/2013.
By Jacob Chamberlain - Arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed in its obligation to protect the nation's bee population from dangerous pesticides, a group of beekeepers and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the EPA's inaction is causing great harm to biodiversity and the future of food in the U.S.
English-Muffin Egg Pizzas
Maine Food & Lifestyle - 3/22/2013.
Plating Up - These mini breakfast pizzas will soon become a family favorite. You can hard-cook eggs in advance and store unpeeled in the refrigerator for a week, which will shave off plenty of prep minutes in the morning.
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