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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
Study: weight depends on the quality of your diet more than quantity
Treehugger - 6/26/2011.
By Sara Novak – A fascinating new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the quality of the foods that you eat has more to do with weight than the quantity of food. A new study outlined the best and worst foods for a healthy body weight. Potato chips, it turns out, are the worst food for weight gain causing more gain per serving than any other food.
Maine beekeepers busy rebuilding devastated hives
Bangor Daily News - 6/25/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias – Beekeepers across Maine are scrambling this summer to rebuild their hive populations after most experienced a weather-related 40 percent loss of bees last fall. Standish beekeeper Larry Peiffer, vice president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, said, “It was the worst fall we have ever had.”
Grant will support food businesses near Skowhegan
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 6/25/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: The Somerset Economic Development Corp. on Friday announced that it received a $250,000 grant to be used by local farmers, farm markets and food processors as part of the food hub at the Somerset Grist Mill downtown. The development group worked a group called Slow Money Maine to apply for the grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.
Embattled pollinators play crucial role in providing us with food
Bangor Daily News - 6/24/2011.
By Amy Campbell – As I write, the blossoms in our raspberry patch are busy with pollinators – a happy hour of sorts – more like a happy week or more – when bees and other insects feed or collect the pollen and nectar from the flowers. The result is a meal for them and for us a few weeks down the road when we can start picking the fruits of their activity.
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