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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
What The Rise Of Cage-Free Eggs Means For Chickens
National Public Radio - 6/27/2013.
By Dan Charles - Ninety percent of the eggs we eat come from chickens that live in long lines of wire cages, about eight birds to a cage. In recent years, several big food companies have promised to switch to "cage-free" eggs. They include Unilever, which sells Hellmann's mayonnaise, and Aramark, which supplies food to big companies, colleges and prisons.
Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected
The New York Times - 6/26/2013.
By Stephen Castle and Doreen Carvajal - Invisible from the roadway, hidden deep in the lush English countryside, Moscow Farm is an unlikely base for an international organized crime gang churning out a dangerous brew of fake vodka.
A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water
Yes! - 6/26/2013.
By Robin Broad, John Cavanagh - A delegation of activists from 12 different countries on the fight to stop gold mining in Central America.
Farm bill remains in limbo as Congress weighs options
USA Today - 6/26/2013.
By Christopher Doering - The House's surprise rejection of the five-year farm bill leaves farm policy up in the air. House and Senate versions cut spending on food stamps. Current law expires Sept. 30.
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