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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
Bisphenol A found in baby food in glass jars
Treehugger - 7/11/2009.
By Lloyd Alter – OK, So you have given up on canned baby food and switched to glass to avoid the endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA), right? Well, maybe not. Health Canada (which last year banned BPA in baby bottles) tested baby food bottled in glass and found BPA in 84% of the samples. Martin Mittelstaedt of the Globe and Mail notes that while glass doesn’t contain BPA, a plastic making compound, it is often used on the liners of metal jar lids.
U.S. Beef Safety Plan Languishes Amid New Illnesses
Wall Street Journal - 7/10/2009.
By Bill Tomson – A June beef recall by JBS Swift & Co. for deadly E.coli contamination could have been prevented if a plan devised during the Bush administration to build new barriers between the bacteria and the public had been enacted.
Doctor’s Rx at AMA: Eat local, organic
Huffington Post - 7/8/2009.
By Samuel Fromartz – A couple of weeks ago, the New Yorker had a fascinating article on McAllen, Texas, a county that ranks among the highest in the nation in health-care costs. Funny thing is, the outcomes of the patients in the system weren't any better than places that spent far less. The moral of the story, by physician and writer Atul Gawande, was that you must control the culture of spending (and earning) to contain out-of-control health care costs.
Nonprofits, state buying fishing rights for fishermen
Portland Press Herald - 7/8/2009.
By John Richardson – Conservation groups and state officials are launching a new strategy to save coastal Maine's fishing communities. Three nonprofit groups announced Tuesday that they have created the state's first "permit banks" by purchasing fishing rights and sharing them with local fishermen. In these cases, the fishing rights – days at sea – are being given out to Down East or midcoast fishermen who help study and rebuild fish populations.
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