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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
Anonymous investor puts $3 million into MOOMilk
Bangor Daily News - 5/22/2013.
By Whit Richardson - MOOMilk, a producer of organic milk, received the single largest investment in its existence this week, an amount large enough to stabilize the startup for the foreseeable future, according to its chief executive officer. An anonymous benefactor from New Hampshire has invested $3 million in MOOMilk, which stands for Maine’s Own Organic Milk. The company launched in 2009 after H.P. Hood Inc. dropped 10 Maine organic dairy farmers.
ACF Committee votes Ought to Pass on Right to Know about GMOs
Bangor Daily News - 5/22/2013.
By Jenna Beauliau - On Tuesday, May 21, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee (ACF) voted “Ought to Pass” after a final review of language in LD 718: An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock, which Representative Lance Harvell (R-Farmington) sponsored. This vote pushes LD 718, a bill requiring labels for many GMOs, to the House of Representatives.
Our View: With hunger growing, not time to cut SNAP
Portland Press Herald - 5/22/2013.
Editorial - Too many Americans don't have enough to eat, but the big debate in Washington seems to be how much to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Senate and House committees have passed their own versions of a new farm bill. The Senate would cut SNAP (which used to be known as food stamps) by $4 billion over the next decade. The House version would cut it by $20 billion.
For Climate Solution, Look to the Ground
Common Dreams - 5/21/2013.
By Judith Schwartz - Late last week the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold. From a climate standpoint this is alarming, and points to the urgency of shifting away from fossil fuels. However, I also feel that our sole emphasis on CO2 blinds us to other means of addressing climate change—notably by returning carbon to where it belongs, in the soil.
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