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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
Let chickens come home to roost
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Tom Bell - The growing popularity of poultry has caused local governments to change zoning ordinances to allow chickens in backyards. The ordinances typically ban roosters – which are not necessary for egg production – and contain requirements that hens be kept in a coop that has a fenced-in chicken run.
Could America be facing a large-scale food crisis?
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Leigh Donaldson – According to [Wes] Jackson, industrialized agricultural policies have helped to destroy productive farmlands for more than 50 years. He adds that we think food will always be there as long as we have the money to buy it. But, if we keep messing around with the land and the people who work it, the food supply will decline.
Dangerous food
The New York Times - 2/16/2009.
Editorial – The more investigators look into the latest food-safety scandal involving the Peanut Corporation of America, the worse it gets.
Farms without toads: the canary banished from the coal mine
Organic Consumers - 2/16/2009.
By Jack Bradigan Spula, Northeast Organic Farming Association – Farming is nothing if not a set of relationships with living things, and the usual list of intimacies include the farmer and her cow, the farmer and her chicken, and so on. But who ever thinks of the farmer and her toad?
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