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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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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 Gatorade? The artificial colors may be gone, but it's still loaded with sugar. Gatorade hide caption

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Organic Gatorade: It's Still Loaded With Sugar, Folks

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Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival

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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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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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