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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

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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

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