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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Plants sold at home and garden stores may have high toxic chemical levels

Sep 06, 2013
Photo Credit: James E. Petts

Photo Credit: James E. Petts

Concerned by the declining numbers of honeybees, many community members have attempted to provide urban foraging grounds for pollinators through bee-friendly garden plantings. Unfortunately, according to a recent report published by Friends of the Earth, these actions of goodwill toward bees may have unintended consequences. Researchers found that 54 percent of plants purchased from commercial nurseries had residues of neonicotinoid, a systemic pesticide that can be taken up by seeds, roots, or leaves and spreads through the entire plant. These pesticides have been blamed for multiple bee die-offs, and implicated in contributing to colony collapse disorder. This overuse of neonicotinoids in commercial operations has made it difficult for community members to maintain gardens without contributing to the harmful spread of pesticides, because the systemic action of neonicotinoids results in pesticide residue remaining toxic within the plant for longer than other pesticides. The study recommends that to protect bees home gardeners should avoid the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and purchase untreated plants and seeds.

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