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ORGANIC FARMING AND COMPOSTABLE PLASTICS

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Farming organically in a polluted world has become increasingly difficult. In 2002, the federal Organic Rule established uniform standards, a level playing field and a National Organic Program (NOP) under the US Department of Agriculture. The authors decided to go straight to the source and asked NOP officials about Frito-Lay's "100% Compostable" SunChips packaging in particular and compostable plastics in general. The SunChips bags are about 94% plant-derived polylactic acid; the balance of materials includes a thin layer of inks, adhesives and metal used to print, seal and provide a barrier, respectively. Another concern to the organic community, other segments within the US and to many export markets is the potential presence of genetically modified organisms.

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									ORGANIC FARMING AND COMPOSTABLE PLASTICS
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BioCycle; Aug 2010; 51, 8; Docstoc
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