What is organic farming, really?

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Organic farming is defined in large part by what organic farmers don’t do. Organic farmers don’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Organic farmers don’t use hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These substances are 20th century innovations meant to resolve specific agricultural problems, but each one has its own negative long-term impact on health or the environment. Beyond what organic farmers don’t do, the term “organic” is also a legal description...

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