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Organic farmers who grow their crops in soil participate in a protest in Stowe, Vt., in 2015. Critics say the organic label is at essence about the health of soil, and did not want to allow crops raised in hydroponic systems to be labeled organic. Their efforts to strip hydroponic vegetables of the organic label failed this week. Wilson Ring/AP Images hide caption

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Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

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Seaweed farms like this one on Nusa Lembongan Island, in Indonesia, are the main sources of carrageenan. Paul Kennedy/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image hide caption

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Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

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Baby basil is planted in PVC piping through which nutrient-infused water flows at regular intervals at a hydroponics farm in Nevada. This week, the National Organic Standards Board is set to vote on whether foods grown hydroponically can be sold as "certified organic." Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponics

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Non-GMO eggs. (this photo is for promo only, not for the page) Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival

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Shoppers sort through yellow plums at the Union Square Park greenmarket in New York City. A study of retailers in Manhattan finds that organic foods are much more common in affluent neighborhoods. Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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An assortment of organic vegetables are seen on display. A growing body of evidence documents how farming methods can influence the nutritional content of foods. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Whole Foods says its new rating system is a way to talk to farmers and customers about issues that the organic rules don't encompass, like water, energy, labor and waste. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

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Chef, cookbook author and owner of Washington, D.C.'s Restaurant Nora, Nora Pouillon, in the restaurant's garden. Courtesy of Noras.com hide caption

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

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Near the Danish city of Ikast, some 1,500 spectators gathered on April 19 to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday at organic dairy farms around Denmark. Courtesy of Organic Denmark hide caption

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Produce is often accompanied by signs like this one at a King Soopers grocery store in Fort Collins, Colo. But customers are often confused by their meaning, which is one reason the Organic Trade Association is trying to raise money for a "checkoff" to pay for consumer advertising and research. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media/KUNC hide caption

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Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund

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The Cornucopia Institute commissioned this photo of an organic egg producer in Saranac, Mich. According to Cornucopia, the facility is owned by Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, which has a license to maintain up to 1 million chickens on this site. Courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute hide caption

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Investigators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have discovered cases of organic fraud abroad as well as in the U.S. In 2013, 19 farmers or food companies were fined a total of $87,000 for misusing the organic label. Mark Andersen/Rubberball/Corbi hide caption

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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

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