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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
Oxfam reveals global food firms' gaping ethical shortfalls
The Guardian [UK] - 2/26/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The charity finds Nestle, Mars and Coca-Cola fail to protect farmers, local communities and the environment. The charity's Behind the Brands report compiled a scorecard, rating the "big 10" food companies in seven categories. In joint second-lowest place were Kellogg's and General Mills, which owns Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs and Nature Valley, with both scoring 16 out of 70.
Vandana Shiva: 'Seeds must be in the hands of farmers'
The Guardian [UK] - 2/25/2013.
By Mark Tran - Vandana Shiva, the Indian founder of Navdanya, which campaigns for biodiversity and against corporate control of food and seeds, says Africa is the battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture.
Pandora’s Boxes
Orion - 2/25/2013.
By Heather Millar - Looking a lot like the government bad guys in E.T., two men cautiously hover over a row of boxes containing native sedges, water grasses, and Zebra fish to spray a fine mist of silver nanoparticles over them. Their goal: to investigate how the world inside the boxes is altered by these essentially invisible and notoriously unpredictable particles.
With fewer U.S. cows, feedlots, meatpackers closing
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2013.
By Roxana Hegeman, AP - Wichita, Kan.: Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.
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