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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
Farmers, foresters wary about single agency
Kennebec Journal - 6/27/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Fred Hardy, a retired dairy farmer from New Sharon, said he's been opposed to merging the state departments of agriculture and conservation from the get-go. "My biggest concern … is that agriculture will lose its identity," Hardy said. "My suggestion is to have one department for agriculture and one department" for conservation and forestry.
GM soy linked to illnesses in farm pigs
Institute for Science in Society - 6/27/2012.
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji – A Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness – removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet. The pigs had suffered from symptoms including chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, reduced appetite, bloating, stomach ulcers, weaker and smaller piglets, and reduced litter sizes.
How Monsanto is sabotaging efforts to label genetically modified food
Alternet - 6/27/2012.
By Charlotte Silver – As the 2012 Farm Bill continues to take shape in the halls of Congress, the influence of corporate interests is on display. On June 21 the Senate overwhelmingly opposed an amendment to allow states to require genetically-engineered food and beverage labeling.
Schools in transition: mapping watersheds
Transition Network - 6/27/2012.
Isabel Carlisle – How connected to your local place do you feel? Do you know where the nearest flow of water is? —I don't mean down the drain! If you live in a city you may not be aware that streams are still flowing under the pavements. If you stand in the right place and listen, you can even hear them.
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