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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
The lobbyist in the henhouse: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving?
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By Colin Woodard - For two years, public servant Patricia Aho has overseen Maine's environmental protection. But whom does she really serve? A seven-month investigation by the Telegram points to her former corporate clients. Part 1 of a 3-day series.
Sources describe a department under duress
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By Colin Woodward - Every change of administration brings a change in priorities, and in early 2011 staffers within the Department of Environmental Protection fully expected Gov. Paul LePage to direct them to reduce regulatory burdens on business. What actually happened shocked nearly everyone, including workers who had seen partisan transitions dating back to the Longley, Brennan and McKernan administrations of the 1970s and 1980s.
South Portland farmers market moving inside Maine Mall
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013.
By David Harry - A unanimous Planning Board decision last week will enable a farmers market to move inside the Maine Mall.
Employees relocated as Organic Valley rebuilds
LaCross Tribune - 6/15/2013.
By Allison Geyer - A month after the fire that destroyed a portion of the nation’s largest organic cooperative headquarters in La Farge, Organic Valley employees are scattered throughout southwestern Wisconsin.
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