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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
How You Pay Farmers to Watch Their Crop Shrivel Up and Die
Mother Jones - 10/30/2013.
By Laird Townsend - With the exception of scattered irrigation, most farmers in West Texas practice "dryland" farming, meaning they're entirely dependent on rain. Rainfall on Eric Herm's acreage had previously averaged 17 inches a year, but in 2011 and 2012 the annual averages were 3 and 8 inches, he said. Even the driest years of the Dust Bowl, which lasted off and on from 1930 to 1940, brought about 9 to 14 inches of rain to Herm's region, according to Natalie Umphlett of the Nebraska-based High Plains Regional Climate Center.
Conservation and Science Leaders Demand Protection of Wild Bumblebees
EcoWatch - 10/29/2013.
By Kaye Spector - The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Defenders of Wildlife and entomology professor Dr. Robbin Thorp asked agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to take action on a petition to regulate the movement of commercial bumblebees to help control the spread of parasites and pathogens to wild bumblebees – at least one species of which may already have been driven to extinction.
Choosing organic correlates to age, income, education
Capital Press - 10/29/2013.
By Steve Brown - Consumers choose to buy organic food for several reasons, among them farming practices, personal health and environmental concerns. Classifying the different kinds of consumers may help manufacturers and suppliers build their market share.
Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter
National Public Radio - 10/29/2013.
By Christine Burns Rudalevige - Community supported agriculture shares are moving out of the crisper and into the pantry. That's the hope, anyway, of a growing number of farmers and small processors who are marketing local goods under the CSA model.
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