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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
Clethra: Fragrant and so ... Not hydrangea
Portland Press Herald - 7/18/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Clethra is a superb shrub that has a lot going for it. It has attractive bottle-brush shaped blossoms, it can tolerate shade or sun, it likes moist soils, it attracts butterflies, it is native to Maine and it blooms in summer – July to September, depending on location and variety.
The state of Maine’s cheeses and wines gets finer
Boston Globe - 7/18/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – Scarborough: The moment I taste a wedge of Deb Hahn’s Noble Hill Reserve at the waterfront farmer’s market in Bath, I am smitten. It’s nutty, smooth, caramel-y, with a slight graininess at the finish. Is it something in the local cows’ milk, the salty air, or the maker’s finesse that makes this cheese so outstanding? It’s time to research some local cheeses, with a few stops along the Maine Wine Trail for good measure.
Eastport cleared to ship livestock
Bangor Daily News - 7/18/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Eastport: “This is going to be my first rodeo,” Roland “Skip” Rogers said Friday as he readied the port of Eastport to transfer 500 dairy cows into climate-controlled transport containers for shipment to Turkey.
Nanotech in our food: should we be afraid?
Alternet - 7/18/2010.
By Marion Nestle – Nanotechnology involves the ability to control matter at the scale of a nanometer – one billionth of a meter. The world market for products that contain nanomaterials is expected to reach $2.6 trillion by 2015. So says a report from the Government Accountability Office. The effects of nanotechnology on the environment are regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which is why this report targets recommendations to EPA. Shouldn't some of those recommendations be directed toward FDA, the agency that regulates food safety?
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