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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
Vilsack in perspective
Grist - 12/19/2008.
An Iowa sustainable-ag legend speaks on her experience with the former governor: The phones, emails, and blogs are abuzz with the Obama appointment of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as the new secretary of agriculture.
Despite smaller crop, potato market strong
Bangor Daily News - 12/18/2008.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A diminished potato harvest in Maine this year was not unexpected, Don Flannery, the executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said Tuesday.
SOUP TO NUTS: Locally growing
Portland Press Herald - 12/17/2008.
Supporters of the keep-it-local-and-organic movement have started their own buying club – Food Now. The ranks are swelling, and organizers are looking to establish a storefront, too.
'Yes We Can' Create a Sane Food Policy in the US
Common Dreams - 12/17/2008.
Two extensive reports released in April indicate that our current method of devising food policy is broken and that the current system is doing tremendous harm in many areas, including those that are of particular interest to President-elect Obama: human health, the environment, and global poverty.
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