GROWING DIVIDE

Last month's congressional approval of a rider restoring limited use of some synthetic ingredients in USDA-certified organic foods raised a divergent set of concerns about where this period of rollicking growth will lead the organics industry, as larger farmers, manufacturers and retailers move in to answer booming mainstream demand."The presence of large farms and large businesses is always a concern

Last month's congressional approval of a rider restoring limited use of some synthetic ingredients in USDA-certified organic foods raised a divergent set of concerns about where this period of rollicking growth will lead the organics industry, as larger farmers, manufacturers and retailers move in to answer booming mainstream demand.

"The presence of large farms and large businesses is always a concern to those that prefer the industry to be a certain scale, and there's always an easy

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