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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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Maine chefs nominated for James Beard awards
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Krista Desjarlais came into Bresca, her popular restaurant on Portland’s Middle Street, as usual today and got right down to work. Then her sous chef came in and said maybe she should take a moment away from prepping for tonight’s dinner and log onto the Internet. Why? The James Beard Foundation in New York City had named Desjarlais a semi-finalist for Best Chef: Northeast, one of the most prestigious awards in the restaurant industry.
The Volker rule in food safety
Common Dreams - 2/18/2010.
By Rod Leonard – Although President Obama pledged to change the way Washington works—or doesn’t work—nothing much has changed for food safety programs at a time when food safety is a major public health issue. Neither is anything likely to change soon, judging by recent events, particularly in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) charged with the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. Is this a problem for the president? Apparently the White House and USDA don’t think so.
After century of business, former Stinson seafood plant closing
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Gouldsboro: Workers were shocked Wednesday when they were told that the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States would close down for good on April 18, ending more than 100 years of local history. Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the former Stinson Seafood plant in 2004, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon to employees at the facility in the village of Prospect Harbor. With the closure, 128 people are expected to lose their jobs.
Rockweed harvesting: a recipe for sustainability
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Robert L. Valdas and Brian Beal – The ecological and sociological impacts of harvesting rockweeds are at the heart of a growing controversy in Maine, as evidenced by the emergence of anti-harvest alliances. Two of the underlying concerns are: Can rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) be harvested in an ecologically sustainable manner, and does its value as habitat or food for other organisms in near-shore ecosystems warrant a moratorium on harvesting? Here, we discuss ecological aspects relevant to these questions.
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