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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
On the Front Lines of Food Safety
The New York Times - 5/24/2013.
By Stephanie Strom and Steven Greenhouse - With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farm workers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions.
U.S. meat labels to detail animal’s origin; Canada, Mexico raise concern
The Washington Post - 5/24/2013.
By Peter Whoriskey - New USDA regulations are the latest move in a trade dispute that has pitted U.S. consumer groups, which favor the labels, against free-trade advocates, who say the regulations are biased against cattle and pork from Canada and Mexico.
Connecticut considers labeling GMO foods
Portland Press Herald - 5/24/2013.
AP - Connecticut lawmakers are considering dueling bills that mandate special labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients. The House early Friday passed legislation by a vote of 114-7 that would require food to be labeled as genetically engineered but only after five other states with an aggregate population of 25 million people enact an equivalent law. Two of the states must be either New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
What Ales You: For newbie, Funky Bow's hitting some high notes
Portland Press Herald - 5/23/2013.
By Tom Atwell - Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Co. in Lyman is a father-and-son operation that has been selling beer for a couple of months as an offshoot of a commercial organic farm.
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