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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
A valuable land resource
Bangor Daily News - 1/3/2009.
Editorial – Many older landowners find it difficult to convince their children to take over the year-round commitment of running a farm. A resource in Maine is making that transition easier by providing a wealth of information to landowners. The Resources First Foundation has links to land trusts, lawyers and estate planners.
2009 gardening resolution: grow heirloom seeds
Bangor Daily News - 1/3/2009.
By Reeser Manley – Seed catalogs arrive in the mail and I start to plan next year’s vegetable garden, an annual ritual as entrenched as those of any holiday. This winter I have a new focus, a resolution to grow heirloom vegetable varieties in Marjorie’s garden. It started with Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, A Year of Food Life.”
Uncontrolled pesticides
Bangor Daily News - 1/2/2009.
Letter to the Editor – A California jury awarded $1 million to an organic farmer whose culinary herb crops were contaminated by organophosphate pesticides drifting from a nearby farm growing Brussels sprouts.
Incredible edible food revolution is happening
Treehugger - 1/2/2009.
What happens when two women in a small town realise that vegetables could be planted in the flowerbeds of the local parks and along the edges of the town's cemetery. A revolution, of a planting kind, is born.
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