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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
GM Crops Causing a Stir in Washington State, Mexico, and Hawaii
Worldwatch Institute - 10/28/2013.
By Sophie Wenzlau - In Washington state, voters are beginning to cast ballots in favor of or opposing Initiative 522, which would mandate that all GM food products, seeds, and seed stocks carry labels in the state. According to the initiative, polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than 90 percent, would like to know whether or not the food they buy has been produced using genetic modification.
Congress renews farm bill fight with food stamp cuts still on the table
The Guardian [UK] - 10/28/2013.
AP - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80bn-a-year food stamp program, but there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
Shoppers move Target to address toxic chemicals
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/28/2013.
By Stephanie M. Lee - As consumers nationwide have become more aware of the toxic chemicals in their over-the-counter products, they have pushed manufacturers and retailers to make changes. The message seems to be paying off. The latest example is retail giant Target, which this month announced that it will identify and eventually inform shoppers which of its more than 7,500 household and personal care products are least harmful to health and the environment.
Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
Environmental Working Group - 10/28/2013.
Lists 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them. Included are organophosphate insecticides and the herbicide atrazine.
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