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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
Food just gets better and better when meat is taken off the menu
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
Op-Ed by William Lee – ... Years ago, mentioning that I was a vegetarian provoked incredulity or argument, even among my hippy and progressive friends. Now, however, I hear things like "I was a vegetarian for a while myself," or "I never eat red meat myself – or hardly ever."
Highmoor Farm celebrates 100
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Monmouth: Farmers clad in plaid and tie-sporting politicians turned out in droves Wednesday to help Highmoor Farm celebrate 100 years of agricultural research. "I'm very pleased and proud of all the work you've been doing and will be doing," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. "You definitely are a proud institution of the state of Maine, and the entire delegation is very proud."
Atrazine acts in the brain to disrupt the hormones that trigger ovulation
Environmental Health News - 8/20/2009.
Synopsis by Heather Patisaul, Ph.D. – The common and highly-used herbicide atrazine can act within the brain to disrupt the cascade of hormone signals needed to initiate ovulation, finds a study with rats published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction.
Asian bee-eating hornets spreading rapidly in France
Treehugger - 8/19/2009.
By Matthew McDermott – As if we didn't have enough to worry about with declines in bee populations... Reuters reports that colonies of bee-eating Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina) are spreading rapidly in southwestern France.
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