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Sales of organic food reportedly climbed to record highs in 2016, an indication organics are edging toward the mainstream.

 

Organic farmer Liz Graznak and her daughter hunt for weeds in the high tunnel at Happy Hollow Farm in central Missouri.
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Liz Graznak runs an organic farm in Jamestown, Missouri, which she calls Happy Hollow Farm. She sells her vegetables to local restaurants, in CSA boxes and at the farmer’s market.  But eight years ago, after falling in love with the idea of growing her own local produce, the farm she runs today looked like a near-impossible dream.

Meat and egg labels can be crammed with claims about how animals are raised. Many are not backed by formal government definitions.
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Is organic meat more humane than conventionally raised meat?

Rules that would create animal welfare standards for livestock certified as organic have been delayed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday, giving opponents new hope that they will be quashed.

Meat and poultry labels can be crammed with claims about how animals are raised. Many are not backed by formal USDA definitions.
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When shoppers browse meat at the grocery store they are confronted with all kinds of brands and labels, making it hard to tell whether the meat they buy comes from animals that were raised humanely. Organic producers want to answer that question more clearly, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed changes to organic standards would amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.

Derek Oyen, Olle Svensson, La Grande Farmers' Market, Alice Henneman, Liz West, Tea With Buzz, Justus Blumer, Wee Keat Chin, Dan, Richard North, Dmansouri, Wally Hartshorn/Flickr-CC

"Organic" has been the buzzword in produce for years, but not everyone has the budget to buy only fruit and vegetables with that certification.

How Much Is Organic Certification Worth?

Dec 24, 2012
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The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled.