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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
Supreme Court affirms Monsanto pollution settlement in Nitro
The Charleston Gazette - 11/22/2013.
By Ken Ward Jr. - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday upheld approval of the settlement in a landmark lawsuit over pollution of the community of Nitro with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant.
New study details dramatic growth of Canada's organic market
Fresh Plaza - 11/22/2013.
From farmers' markets to mainstream retail, Canada's organic market has grown to become the fourth largest in the world, valued at over $3.5 billion per year. The Canadian organic food and beverage market alone is worth $3 billion per year, and has grown dramatically since 2009, when the Canadian government put in place mandatory organic standards, import restrictions and labelling requirements.
Forget the Food Industry: Rediscover the Pleasure of Buying, Cooking, and Eating Real Food
Yes! - 11/22/2013.
By Arun Gupta - As a graduate of New York’s French Culinary Institute and former chef, I’m obsessed with great food. I can remember the first time I tasted chocolate mousse, pine nuts, and avocados. Years, even decades later, I can recall the succulence of fresh prawns on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, and the fiery savoriness of street food in India.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
The New York Times - 11/22/2013.
By Jim Robbins - Monarchs return to Mexico late and in very low numbers. Roundup herbicide and sterilized landscapes are partly to blame. Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society encourages rebuilding native plant communities: “If you’ve got just lawn grass, you’ve got nothing.” Supporting bees and other pollinators is part of food security, says the article.
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