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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
How to survive the coming century
New Scientist - 2/25/2009.
By Gaia Vince – Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 deg. C [7.2 deg. Fahrenheit]. Clearly this is a vision of the future that no one wants, but it might happen.
Women lead a farming revolution in Iowa
Christian Science Monitor - 2/25/2009.
Women own nearly half of Iowa’s farmland. But they find they have a common problem: The men they hire to farm their land often don’t treat it with the tender care they expect – and often won’t listen when they complain about it. Women from three counties near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, discovered the shared view in a series of meetings on “Women Caring for the Land.”
Restaurateurs hope it’ll be a week to remember
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Eateries large and small have signed up for Maine's first Restaurant Week, hoping to lure skittish diners to their tables and then keep 'em coming back.
Weathering the economy cooperatively
Kennebec Journal - 2/24/2009.
By Keith Edwards – AUGUSTA – Co-ops are well-equipped to deal with hard times because members share the burdens and fruits of the business, according to organizers of a Saturday conference on co-ops. The 15th annual Changing Maine conference, this year titled "The Co-op Model: Transition to a Democratic Economy," will focus on how using the co-op business model can help people meet their needs in hard times.
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