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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
New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US
US News & World Report - 5/23/2013.
By M. L. Johnson, AP - New federal labeling rules that went into effect on Thursday require labels on cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Earlier USDA rules only required labeling with countries of origin; the new label will specify, for instance, "Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States."
How Two College Pals Are Growing A Solution To Our Reliance On Plastic
Fast Company - 5/23/2013.
By Patrick James - Six years ago, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre were college friends with a bright idea: using mushrooms and agricultural byproducts to create an alternative to plastic. Now, they’re growing a business that could change almost everything about how we live.
Senate rejects labeling amendment attached to farm bill
The Washington Post - 5/23/2013.
On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said his amendment was an attempt to clarify that states can require the labels, as several legislatures have moved toward putting such laws into place. Both the Vermont House and Connecticut Senate voted this month to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.
What’s in Your Green Tea?
The New York Times - 5/23/2013.
By Anahad O’Connor - Some bottled varieties appear to be little more than sugar water, containing little of the antioxidants that have given the beverage its good name. And some green tea leaves, particularly those from China, are contaminated with lead, though the metal does not appear to leach out during the brewing process.
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