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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
Looks like the new Agrarian Age has arrived
Energy Bulletin - 2/25/2010.
By Gene Logsdon – I define “new agrarian age” as a society in which rural and urban lifestyles become indistinguishable. Roof top vegetable gardens in downtown Manhattan for instance. A more typical example is a landscape where urban agriculture and rural manufacturing exist side by side in harmony. I saw a photo recently of horses plowing a large garden plot with the Cleveland, Ohio, city skyline in the background.
Get your hands dirty
Resurgence - 2/24/2010.
By Sandor Katz – Some futurists have imagined that the food of the future will be utilitarian little pills we can pop into our mouths to meet all our nutritional need. No fuss. No work. No decisions to make. No dirty dishes to wash. This is a fantasy of completely de-contextualised food.
Boiling it up a-sap
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – No, it's not just you. It is unusually warm outside. The maple trees sense it, too, and that means their sap is running abnormally early. Warmer-than-normal days and cold nights are combining to create ideal conditions to get maple syrup season off to one of its earliest starts ever, said Keith Harris of Harris Farm in Dayton. Harris figures his trees' sap production and his syrup output are running a week to 10 days ahead of normal.
Treat Maine shrimp with TLC
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.
By Anne Mahle – Because Maine shrimp are more tender than the gargantuan Southeast Asian shrimp raised on farms, they require a more delicate hand. Only 60 to 90 seconds is all it usually takes to cook a small batch of this sweet, unadulterated, wild-caught protein.
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