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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
Single farmers in Vermont give 'weed dating' a whack
USA Today - 10/14/2010.
By Melissa Pasanen and Adam Silverman – Tunbridge, Vt: Ben Wolfe was a little nervous, he admitted, as he stood waiting one recent afternoon at Tunbridge Hill Farm in central Vermont. His apprehension had nothing to do with farming, and everything to do with meeting someone new. He was about to participate in an event called weed dating, a meet-up for single farmers looking for a date or a mate.
Seeds of commercialism
Portland Press Herald - 10/14/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Community gardens were established in the city to give residents a chance to work the soil and grow fresh produce to put on the dinner table. After all, when it comes to the increasing preference for local food, it can't get much more local than what's grown down the street.
Canada becomes first nation to officially list BPA as toxic
Grist - 10/14/2010.
By Brian Merchant – Effective immediately, the chemical Bisphenol A is officially considered toxic in Canada. BPA, as you're likely aware, is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, water bottles, and paper receipts. BPA mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a number of severe health woes, including breast cancer and early puberty in women.
A crisp in the middle makes a rich apple pie
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Last week we had an Apple Galette that was pie-like, but this week we have an actual apple pie – a rich version of one. I picked this recipe up in 1974, which makes it practically antique. It is luscious with a meltingly gooey apple filling. When I assemble it I’m reminded that the recipe seems to call for an apple crisp between piecrusts.
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