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What Does “Organic” Mean?

By Maggie Koerth-Baker According to the Organic Trade Association, organic foods have become a $20 billion industry. And a quick scan of the grocery store aisles seems to confirm that. But the more people buy into it, the bigger the question becomes: What exactly does “organic” mean? © Erich Schlegel/Corbis What’s in a Name? You’ve probably noticed by now [...]

Patrick Swazye, RIP

Ah, it’s been a sad few days. Two days ago, Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug – who some say is the most important man of the twentieth century (his discoveries led to much improved crop yields, thus saving a lot of the world’s population) – died at the age of 95. More about Borlaug: The Man Who [...]