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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
Italy: organic fruits in “Snack Fruit” dispensers
Fresh Plaza - 3/24/2009.
Starting from this week 150 "Snack Fruit" dispensers, placed in schools and workplaces in Italy, will be exclusively supplied with organic fruits at the same price of conventional products.
“Untouchable” certified organic seed bank
Treehugger - 3/23/2009.
by Kimberley D. Mok – In India, while the growth of slicker, modernized supermarkets with standardized brands might be edging out the traditional open-air markets – at the same time, India’s domestic certified organic food industry is also on the rise - sometimes in surprising ways. One such example is the collective of 5,000 lower-caste Dalit (untouchable) women from the central state of Andhra Pradesh that is now offering chemical-free, non-irrigated, certified and organically-grown food.
Acadia farmers’ meeting focuses on marketing
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.
By Bill Trotter – Marketing was the main focus of the first-ever Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, which was put on by the Down East Business Alliance. More than 80 people attended the convention on Friday and Saturday to learn how to market their products and themselves, and about more-technical issues such as electronic monetary transfers and licensing for food production and sales.
Nectar of spring sampled by public during Maine Maple Sunday tours
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Knox, Maine: Maple syrup and candy lovers lined up early at Kinney’s Sugarhouse on Abbott Road in this central Waldo County farming community. Lee and Mary Anne Kinney tap a 165-acre sugarbush that has been producing maple syrup and sugar products for the past five years.
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