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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
Opportunity, just below the surface
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/18/2009.
By John Richardson – Casco Bay: Tollef Olson and Paul Dobbins poke the roots of young kelp plants into a mesh sleeve. The brown seaweed hangs off the sleeve like boiled lasagna noodles as Dobbins lowers it into the cool water west of Chebeague Island. "These plants, by the spring, will be six to eight feet long," said Olson. It's planting time at what is believed to be the first kelp farm in the United States. In a few months, if all goes according to plan, the grown plants will be harvested, cut, cooked and turned into, well, kelp noodles. And kelp salad. And kelp slaw.
Is anyone in charge of food safety?
Grist - 10/16/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – The fact that there remains no one in charge of food safety at the USDA has become a sick sort of joke among food policy types. It’s true that there is a second in command, Jerold Mande—but he’s a cancer doctor with no food safety background and, at best, a caretaker. He has no authority to make policy or initiate reform.
Seafood! LIamas! Compost! Sampling Local Flavor at the Common Ground Country Fair
Organic Nation TV - 10/16/2009.
On our trip through Maine, one of our most exciting destinations was the Common Ground Country Fair, a super eco-friendly event which is run by the Maine Organic Farmers Association (MOFGA), THE oldest organic organization in the country! It was a great place to check out the area's local food, crafts and some delicious fried seafood …
'Sea Change' On Inerts Disclosure
Inside EPA - 10/15/2009.
EPA has sent for White House review a pre-rule notice for its planned rulemaking to increase public disclosure of inert ingredients in pesticides in an effort “to effect a sea change” in how the information is made public.
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