Sustainable Living

This July 6, 2014 photo shows a honeybee harvesting pollen from one of the clover blooms on a lawn near Langley, Wash. White clover generally is considered the best plant companion to cool season lawn grasses when trying to attract pollinators. Blended bee-friendly lawns can be a beneficial compromise when landscaping. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

“Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some grass included,” said Mary Meyer, an extension horticulturist and professor with the University of Minnesota.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Victor Hernandez stocks apples in the produce section at Whole Foods, in Coral Gables, Fla. Whole Foods on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Matt Rogers, global produce coordinator for Whole Foods, said the “responsibly grown” program is major push toward eliminating the use of certain pesticides that studies have indicated can be harmful to farm workers and children born to mothers exposed to them.

In this August 18, 2013 photo, this blacktail doe and fawn are steered away from these backyard gardens by some appealing-to-the-eye fencing in Langley, Wash. Many people are wildlife watchers and enjoy having them around but any species can become a nuisance in the garden. A variety of benign control and prevention techniques are available including repellants, frightening techniques and distracting them with other plants. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

“You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce, an extension fisheries and wildlife specialist with the University of Missouri.

In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 photo, a bee works on a honeycomb the Gene Brandi Apiary in Los Banos, Calif. The state is traditionally one of the country's biggest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide nectar that bees turn into honey. But a three-year drought has left hillsides barren and forced farmers to tear out orchards and leave fields fallow. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“Our honey crop is severely impacted by the drought, and it does impact our bottom line as a business,” said Gene Brandi, a beekeeper in Los Banos, a farming town in California’s Central Valley.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler said Wednesday that backers of the proposal have collected enough valid signatures to place Proposition 105 on November’s ballot.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, right, talks about her love of New Mexico-grown green chile before unveiling a new certification program for the state's signature crop during at stop at The Range restaurant in Bernalillo, N.M., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The restaurant is the first to sign up to participate in the program. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

“Whether you prefer red, green or Christmas (a mix of both), you want to know that your chile was grown in New Mexico by farmers with generations of experience, in rich soil and the kind of intense sunlight that makes this flavorful food,” she said.

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