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ORGANIC generally refers to agriculture that is conducted without any use of man-made chemicals, such as might be applied in the forms of fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, etc. Grapes may be organically farmed fairly successfully in many locations.

Organic winemaking uses no man-made chemicals. Whether or not sulfur, a naturally-occurring element used in wine making for thousands of years, should be allowed under the umbrella of organic winemaking is highly contested.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants licenses under the National Organic Program to several organizations and agencies for certifying comestibles as having organic origin. Rules and standards for Organic Farming vary, sometimes greatly, for growers to earn the legal right to label their products "organic".

RELATED LINKS: Association Bien Boire, Organic Labels on Alcoholic Beverages, Organic Consumers' Association, Organic Trade Association

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