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Tea pickers stand in the scorching sun, hand-plucking the tea leaves for about eight hours a day. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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Tea Farmer In India Leads Charge For Organic, Evades The Charge Of Elephants

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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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The organic industry is suing the government, demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture implement new rules that require organic egg producers to give their chickens more space to roam. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

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A farm worker runs a tine weeder on Jason Hunton's organic wheat crop. It's like a giant comb, scraping up weeds and bits of wheat along with it. Courtney Flatt/Northwest Public Radio hide caption

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Tom Willey has farmed for decades in California's Central Valley. His farm, T&D Willey Farms, is in the process of being taken over by Food Commons Fresno. Willey plans to still help, advise and mentor. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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As California's Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In

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By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

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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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Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival

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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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The "Green Moms" group displays painted baby tubs during a June 2013 protest in Quezon, Philippines, showing opposition to the genetically modified rice variety "golden rice," which proponents promote as a solution to Vitamin A deficiency. Bullit Marquez/AP hide caption

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