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11 things you thought were green -- but there's a catch

By: Bryan Nelson on March 10, 2010, 10:55 a.m.
Organic foods and labeling

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Organic food labeling

The organic food movement has been good for the Earth in a lot of ways, especially for helping to eradicate harmful pesticides — but be wary. Just because a label says "organic" it doesn't mean the product is sustainable, and many organic food growers are not local and often utilize the same large-scale farming methods as industrial growers. Furthermore, food labeling can be a sketchy business, and there is no substitute for doing your own homework before you visit the grocery store.