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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
Monsanto’s GM crops go to US high court
Common Dreams - 4/26/2010.
By Matthew Berger – Washington: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in its first-ever case involving genetically modified crops. The decision in this case may have a significant impact on both the future of genetically modified foods and government oversight of that and other environmental issues.
It’s a plot!
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/25/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A couple of new events are designed to get you out looking at plants – and maybe even buying a few. The Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day is being held Saturday at greenhouses and garden centers all across the state. It was created over coffee during the Maine Agriculture Show in Augusta in January.
Documentary opened eyes to nation’s food processing
Kennebec Journal - 4/25/2010.
Letter to editor by Brandi Wheeler – Now that summer is fast approaching, it is the season for fresh vegetables from our local farmers. I just watched the documentary "Food, Inc." based on Eric Schlosser's book, "Fast Food Nation" and Michael Pollan's, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," and had my eyes opened as to the way food is grown and processed in this country.
Sow early: Many farmers betting warm weather is here to stay
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Cape Elizabeth: Normally, Bill Bamford plants peas at Maxwell Farm in Cape Elizabeth around mid-April. This year he put the peas in March 19 and the corn a week later, the earliest he has ever planted in his 35 years of farming. "It is a big gamble at this point, because the rule of thumb is you can get a frost almost to Memorial Day," said Bamford.
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