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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.

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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