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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
MOOMilk signs on to provide milk to Unity College
Bangor Daily News - 1/18/2013.
Unity: Augusta-based Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOOMilk, an organic dairy company, has closed the deal on its first institutional account. MOOMilk will be available to students when Unity’s cafeteria opens for the spring semester on Jan. 22.
Mercury emissions threaten ocean, lake food webs
Environmental Health News - 1/18/2013.
By Brian Bienkowski - As United Nations delegates end their mercury treaty talks today, scientists warn that ongoing emissions are more of a threat to food webs than the mercury already in the environment. At the same time, climate change is likely to alter food webs and patterns of mercury transport in places such as the Arctic, which will further complicate efforts to keep the contaminant out of people and their food.
Water grabbing to follow food speculation? Where are the checks and balances?
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 1/18/2013.
Shiney Varghese - For-profit companies have begun setting up pre-paid water kiosks (or water ATMs) that dispense units of water upon the insertion of a pre-paid card. It is no surprise that these are popular among people who otherwise have no access to clean drinking water.
DACF Names New Deputy Commissioner and Director of Division of Animal and Plant Health
Maine Department of Agriculture - 1/18/2013.
Augusta - Commissioner Walt Whitcomb has announced that Aroostook County native Dave Lavway has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and Ellis Additon has come on board as the new director of the Division of Animal and Plant Health.
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