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Organic voices: profiles of women farmers

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Walking down grocery-store aisles these days can sometimes feel like a journey to a foreign land where you don’t speak the language. There are packaged goods boasting that they “contain antioxidants,” “promote a strong heart,” “strengthen your immune system” and are “natural.” It all sounds great, but it’s impossible to know what any of it really means.

By choosing organic produce, Americans can reduce overall pesticide dietary risks by about 97 percent. –from The Organic Center

Except, that is, for the green and white circular seal that signifies a product has been certified organic according to USDA standards. Unlike most food-marketing lingo, USDA organic means the product meets strict qualifications, most notably that ingredients are not genetically modified and have been produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or chemical pesticides.

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