Many 'Organic' Farms Aren't Green

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Organic produce is sold on the 'Fern Verrow' stall near Maltby Street on August 6, 2011 in London, England. The arches on Maltby Street and surrounding streets are currently being occupied by several market traders who have been ejected from trading at Borough Market by the trustees and operators of the market. The dispute began when high rents forced some traders at Borough, now known as the Bermondsey Seven, to look further afield for a location to store and mature their produce.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    Just because the label says “organic” doesn't mean it's good for the environment. As the demand for organic products has grown, so has the size of the farms—to the point where some are sprawling and rely on unsustainable irrigation. Many of the tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables certified as organic are grown on farms in the Mexican desert, where they stress the water table and from where they are shipped around the world, contributing to carbon emissions. Some organizations that set organic standards—in Sweden, for instance—are trying to change their criteria to include environmentally friendly cultivation and transportation.

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