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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
Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival
Common Dreams - 1/27/2014.
By Carol Schachet - The term peasant often conjures up images of medieval serfs out of touch with the ways of the world around them. Such thinking is out of date. Today, peasants proudly and powerfully put forward effective strategies to feed the planet and limit the damages wrought by industrial agriculture.
Salad from a vending machine? Farmer's Fridge might convince you.
Treehugger - 1/27/2014.
By Margaret Badore - Fast food isn't usually healthy or environmentally friendly, but a new automated kiosk in Chicago is aiming to change that. Farmer's Fridge is like a vending machine, only it offers fresh salads, yogurt parfaits and veggie sticks.
DDT linked to higher risk of Alzheimer's
Environmental Health News - 1/27/2014.
By Lindsey Konkel - People with high levels of exposure to the banned insecticide DDT were four times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than people with low levels, according to a study of patients in Georgia and Texas published today. The research is among the first to report a connection between Alzheimer’s, which is the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease, and chemicals in the environment.
Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive
Phys.org - 1/27/2014.
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer - Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) – an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive – is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
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