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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
Maine Runs Free Pesticide Disposal Program
Maine Public Broadcasting - 8/16/2013.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Department of Environmental Protection are running a program in October to dispose of old chemicals like DDT and lead arsenate Maine residents might have in their homes. The department is looking to dispose of any banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked or frozen and are no longer usable.
Do Herbicides Alter Ecosystems Around the World? Scant Research Makes It Hard to Prove
Science Daily - 8/16/2013.
Many laboratory studies have shown that pesticides can harm organisms which they were not meant to affect. Intensive farming is also linked to collapsing populations of wild animals and the endangerment of species such as amphibians. Can the biochemical effects of pesticides upset entire ecosystems?
Amid cattle health concerns, Merck halts Zilmax sales
Reuters - 8/16/2013.
By Theopolis Waters and Tom Polansek - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co said on Friday it is suspending sales of its Zilmax animal feed additive in the United States and Canada following concerns about animals showing signs of distress after use of the product, which is given to cattle to increase their weight before slaughter.
Genetically modified crops pass benefits to weeds
Nature - 8/16/2013.
By Jane Qui - A genetic-modification technique used widely to make crops herbicide resistant has been shown to confer advantages on a wild form of rice, even in the absence of the herbicide. The finding suggests that the effects of such modification have the potential to extend beyond farms and into the wild.
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