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Organic farmers object to Whole Foods new ratings system

They say store is using its credibility to convey that conventionally grown produce is just as good

Suppliers to Whole Foods say the Responsibly Grown programme can grant a farmer who does not meet the requirements for federal organic certification the same rating as an organic farmer, or even a higher one.

New York

LIKE a whale and the myriad barnacles clinging to its sides, Whole Foods Market and organic farmers have long had a symbiotic relationship.

The grocer has helped stoke the American appetite for organic products, building stores that are essentially showcases for organic