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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
Bee Losses Paper - lost but now found
GM-Free Cymru - 5/22/2013.
As the debate over bee deaths and pesticides becomes more and more acrimonious, something strange is going on in the august world of scientific journal publishing.
Phthalates - Chemicals Widely Found in Plastics and Processed Food - Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure in Children and Teens
Science Daily - 5/22/2013.
Plastic additives known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are odorless, colorless and just about everywhere: They turn up in flooring, plastic cups, beach balls, plastic wrap, intravenous tubing and - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the bodies of most Americans. Once perceived as harmless, phthalates have come under increasing scrutiny. A growing collection of evidence suggests dietary exposure to phthalates (which can leech from packaging and mix with food) may cause significant metabolic and hormonal abnormalities, especially during early development. New research published this Wednesday in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that certain types of phthalates could pose another risk to children: compromised heart health.
Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side
Modern Farmer - 5/22/2013.
By Justin Elliott - Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry - and it's producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with.
Biotech labeling drive not going away, Merrigan says
AgriPulse - 5/22/2013.
By Jim Webster - The drive to require labeling of food with biotech ingredients "is not going to go away," former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said today. "People want to know," she told the CropLife America 2013 National Food Policy Conference. "I'm not saying it's a right to know or a need to know, but it's not going to go away," she said.
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