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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 proposes stricter food labels
Common Dreams - 2/18/2009.
By Mary Clare Jalonick – WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is throwing out food labeling rules proposed by the Agriculture Department just before George W. Bush left office, saying it wants labels for fresh meat and other foods that would show more clearly where an animal or food came from, according to consumer groups who've been briefed on the issue.
Big fish, little fish
Grist - 2/17/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Large-scale fisheries burn through 14-19 million metric tons of fuel each year to produce 29 million metric tons of fish. So in the best case, it takes about a ton of fuel to produce two tons of fish. Their small-scale counterparts use one to three metric tons of fuel to produce 24 million metric tons of fish.
Protecting Maine’s dairy farms
The Times Record - 2/17/2009.
Editorial – In theory, it's only fair that Maine's dairy farmers share in the pain felt by others receiving state funding, who, like the subsidized farmers, face across-the-board budget cuts due to a projected $838 million shortfall in the state budget for the next two years.
David Palmer Beall
Kennebec Journal - 2/17/2009.
Obituary – LEEDS -- David Palmer Beall, 57, of Leeds died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.
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