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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
The art of producing sustainable consumer goods: basketry
Low-tech Magazine - 2/24/2012.
By Brian Kaller – The craft of basketry might be one of our species’ most important and diverse technologies, creating homes, boats, animal traps, armour, tools, cages, hats, chariots, weirs, beehives, shelters and furniture, as well as all manner of containers.
Lexicon of sustainability: fallen fruit
Grist - 2/24/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – People search their cities and neighborhoods for unused or unwanted things: litter, refuse … even food. Fruit is often overlooked (while still on the tree and once its fallen to the ground). The Fallen Fruit Collective began as a Los Angeles-based public art project.
Soil: from dirt to lifeline
Energy Bulletin - 2/23/2012.
Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family's 2600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.
EPA sued to ban toxic pesticide and Agent Orange ingredient from household weed products
Treehugger - 2/23/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – A toxic herbicide, 2,4-D, is a World War II-era weed killer ingredient that is one of the oldest pesticides still legally on the market: it's one of the top three pesticides sold nationwide and the most common pesticide-based weed control product in the home and garden market. Products containing it include Aqua-Kleen, Plantgard, Lawn-Keep and Planotox. It is a known neurotoxin, is toxic to the eye, thyroid, kidney, adrenals, and ovaries/testes according to the EPA and is linked to cancer and other diseases, and was an ingredient in Agent Orange.
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