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  • How Organic Food Works
    Organic food promises freedom from synthetic ingredients. Find out what organic food is, how organic farming works, what the pros and cons are, and why you should care.
  • How Organic Farming Works
    Consumers are becoming more and more knowledgeable about food safety and their health. As a result, organic farming has entered the agriculture mainstream. But what methods must be used, and how is organic farming certified?
  • How Organic Certification Works
    Organic foods and other products are popping up everywhere. USDA organic seals make them fairly easy to spot. But what's behind the label? How do products become certified organic?
  • How Seed Banks Work
    Scientists are stockpiling the world's seeds, organizing them in giant libraries of planting possibilities. Is every type of plant included? Or, are the seeds of pesky plants shunned?
  • How Artificial Sweetners Work
    Many dieters use artificial sweeteners as a way to cut sugar without eliminating all things sweet. But did you know that some artificial sweeteners have almost as many calories as sugar?
  • How Food Preservation Works
    Because sustenance ensures our survival, food preservation is one of the oldest technologies developed by human beings. Find out what's being done to your food to make it last longer.
  • How Farmers' Markets Work
    When farmers go to market, they cut out the middleman and bring fresher products to the consumer. So how do farmers' markets run, and where can you find one?
  • How do I know if the meat I'm eating is from cloned livestock?
    Cloned-animal products could be welcome in U.S. grocery stores by the end of 2007. But technically, you may already have been eating them.
  • Is it better to buy local or organic food?
    Many people believe buying organic or local food helps the environment. But which purchase is more environmentally sound? Is it better to buy pesticide-free food from exotic spots or local food from non-organic farms?
  • What are genetically modified - GM - foods?
    I've been reading about genetically modified (GM) food. It seems to be stirring up quite a controversy. What is GM food all about?
  • Do food manufacturers manipulate taste?
    Flavorists are enlisted by food manufacturers to concoct new and improved flavors for food. But how natural is the process?
  • Which is greener, gas or electric cooking?
    We know which is greener when it comes to gas and electric cars. But which is greener when it comes to stoves: gas or electric? There's more than one way to save energy when you cook.
  • ABC's of Organic Foods (Video)
    Bet they didn't teach you this in school! This clip from Discovery teaches you the ABCs of organic living.
  • Organic Coffee (Video)
    Before your next jolt of java, learn the benefits of drinking organic coffee.
  • Genetically Modified Crops Increase Efficiency (Video)
    GM Crops Increase Efficiency; Madero Reaps Benefits in Corn & Soy. Since planting genetically modified (GM) soy and corn crops, Argentine farmer Andres Madero has increased production, lowered costs and incorporated sustainable agriculture methods into hi

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