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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
Genetically modified wheat: Japan postpones order from Portland grain shipper, investigation continues
The Oregonian - 5/30/2013.
By Eric Mortenson - Japan, the biggest importer of soft white wheat grown in Oregon and Washington, postponed a 25,000-ton order from a Portland grain shipper Thursday, the first market fallout after the discovery of genetically engineered wheat plants growing in an eastern Oregon field where they shouldn't have been.
As Factory Farms Spread, Government Efforts to Curb Threat From Livestock Waste Bog Down
FairWarning - 5/30/2013.
By Bridget Huber - As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, a major environmental threat has emerged: Pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals.
Mexico protests Monsanto with a Carnival of Corn
Waging Nonviolence - 5/30/2013.
By Alex Mensing - On Saturday, about 2,000 participants gathered in Mexico City for the Carnaval del Maíz, a “Carnival of Corn” to celebrate Mexico’s rich diversity of native corn, threatened by Monsanto’s plans to introduce a genetically modified variety of the crop.
Japan cancels some US wheat exports after discovery of GM wheat in Oregon
KGW-8 - Portland, Oregon - 5/30/2013.
Japan, the second-biggest importer of U.S. wheat behind Mexico, canceled some orders while the U.S. tries to figure how the illegal Monsanto wheat got to the Eastern Oregon farm. Other top Asian importers, like South Korea, China and the Philippines are closely monitoring the situation. Many countries won't accept imports of genetically-modified foods. The European Union announced it's preparing to test incoming wheat shipments after the discovery.
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