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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
Chef Sam Hayward wins national award
Portland Press Herald - 10/25/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Chef Sam Hayward of Fore Street won a national award in New Orleans Monday night recognizing his commitment to promoting local, sustainable foods in the culinary world.
Monsanto sprouting a produce-seed line
Los Angeles Times - 10/24/2011.
By P.J. Huffstutter – Monsanto Co., whose genetically modified corn and soybeans have reshaped America's heartland and rallied a nation of fast-food foes, wants to revolutionize the produce aisle. The agribusiness giant already has quietly stepped into the marketplace with produce grown from its seeds.
Quick and dirty: Congress may rewrite the Farm Bill in two weeks
Grist - 10/24/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Last month, I wrote that prospects for reforming the Farm Bill were dim. My prior assessment is turning out to be outrageously optimistic. Earlier this week, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the House and Senate Ag Committees suddenly announced that they would write the entire 2012 Farm Bill in the next two weeks.
Gorgeous and hardy: the garden of the future?
Portland Press Herald - 10/23/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The Yardscaping demonstration garden has been completed, after 10 years of planning and a bit more than four years after the first plants went in. The garden covers about 2.5 acres between Interstate 295 and Back Cove, just east of the athletic fields that are closer to the parking lot on Preble Street Extension, and it already has won an award.
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