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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
Roundup 'Weed Killer' Threatens Coral Reefs, Persists In Seawater
GreenMedInfo.com - 1/30/2014.
By Sayer Ji - A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin indicates that the world's most popular herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup), used primarily in GM agriculture, is particularly resistant to biodegradation in coral reef collected sea water, and could therefore be a major contributor to the decline of marine coral reef systems such as the Great Barrier Reef.
Controversial scientist claims pesticide toxicity 'proof'
Phys.org - 1/30/2014.
Gilles-Eric Seralini and coworkers found that eight of nine pesticides tested (three insecticides, three fungicides and three herbicides, including Roundup) were two to 1,000 times more toxic to human cells than their active ingredients alone.
Maine bill would create local 'food hubs' for small farmers
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 1/30/2014.
AP - More Maine students would eat locally grown food for lunch under a bill designed to support the expansion of "food hubs," where small-scale farmers can store, cut or clean their products and more easily distribute them to larger markets.
Agriculture committee tables bill to fund Maine food hubs
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2014.
Associated Press - The goal of the bill is provide more local foods to Maine schools by creating a $6 million bond issue and providing grants that would allow groups to start the hubs, where small farmers can aggregate their products for distribution. It would also fund programs to train schools’ food service workers on the preparation and procurement of Maine-grown foods.
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