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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
Corinne Mann, 97, renowned Maine gardener
Portland Press Herald - 1/29/2013.
By Melanie Creamer - Kittery: Corinne Mann, a highly acclaimed horticulturist and landscape artist once described as the "Daylily lady of Kittery Point," has died at age 97.
Leafy greens responsible for 46% of food-borne infections, CDC says
Los Angeles Times - 1/29/2013.
By Ricardo Lopez - Though leafy greens accounted for the most U.S. food-related illnesses, poultry caused the most deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
Monsanto: Battered, Bruised, and Still Growing
Wall Street Journal - 1/29/2013.
By Ian Berry - Monsanto’s Hugh Grant: “I'd be up for the dialogue around labeling. Maybe we'll look back and say [Prop 37] was the start of a more reasonable debate. But it was a confusing proposition.”
Fish swim slower if parents exposed to flame retardant
Environmental Health News - 1/29/2013.
Synopsis by Craig Butt and Wendy Hessler - Young zebrafish exposed to flame retardants through their mothers swam up to 60 percent slower and had reduced gene expression important for nervous system development. In natural settings, slower swimmers are easier targets for predators. A new study is unique because it shows in fish that exposure to PBDEs, found in some furniture and electronics, can lead to developmental and behavioral changes in their offspring.
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