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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
Biotech’s Latest Creation: Franken-Apples Coming to a Store Near You
Global Possibilities - 4/17/2013.
By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins - Thanks to the biotech industry’s relentless quest to control our food, McDonald’s, Burger King and even school cafeterias will soon be able to serve up apples that won’t turn brown when they’re sliced or bitten into. A new, almost entirely untested genetic modification technology, called RNA interference, or double strand RNA, is responsible for this new food miracle.
The Curse of Fertilizer
National Geographic - 4/17/2013.
By Dan Charles - Nitrogen fertilizer - more than a hundred million tons applied worldwide every year - fuels bountiful harvests. Yet this modern miracle exacts a price. Runaway nitrogen is suffocating wildlife in lakes and estuaries, contaminating groundwater, and even warming the globe’s climate.
Washington state Senate passes bill to ban carcinogenic flame retardants in products made for kids
The Oregonian - 4/17/2013.
AP - The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children.
Pediatrics group cautions against pesticide use in homes and gardens
The Oregonian - 4/17/2013.
' By Katy Muldoon - The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a sweeping policy statement warning of the dangers of acute and chronic exposure to pesticides for children.
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