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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
Lepage and environmental groups focus on Maine’s natural resources
Bangor Daily News - 1/21/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: More than two dozen people, ranging from farmers and foresters to an Olympic gold medalist, had a clear message for Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday: Laws safeguarding Maine’s natural resources are good for both the environment and business.
In Vermont, McDonald’s now has real maple syrup
Portland Press Herald - 1/21/2011.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: In maple country of Vermont, consumers know the real thing. So starting Feb. 1, customers at Vermont McDonald's stores can request 100 percent maple syrup or sugar to be added to the restaurant chain's new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal to settle complaints that the company improperly labeled the product as maple flavored in the state.
Monsanto’s latest farmwashing ad campaign debuts
Grist - 1/21/2011.
By Kerry Trueman – Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people, too (happy birthday, Citizens United!), Monsanto is apparently out to put a friendly, slightly weather-beaten, gently grizzled face on industrial agriculture.
Organic farming becomes a growing success
Village Soup - 1/21/2011.
By Stephen Betts – An organic farm and education center in a historic farming section of Rockland is one step closer to reality. This comes as a state report detailed the growing value of organic farming.
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