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Glossary Terms

Amish - a denomination of Christianity known for the forbiddance of electricity.

Biodiversity - variability of species or organisms worldwide or within specific ecosystems.

Fair trade - guarantees fair pay for products as well as just social and environmental conditions in the location the products were made.

Free-roaming - a technique for raising livestock without confinement to cages.

Genetically modified organism (GMO) - the genetic material of an organism has been changed to improve the yield of the produce by increasing immunity to pests, strengthening the plant, or increasing the output it provides.

Genetic variability - the variations in genetic traits within a population of plants or animals.

Grass-fed - a technique for raising livestock on a native diet of grass that promotes natural growth and increases health.

Non-point pollution - pollution that comes from an untraceable source.

Noxious chemicals - chemicals that are harmful to health.

Organic - produce grown without chemical pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, and genetic modification.

Pesticide - any substance used to prevent or control damage of plants due to pests, including chemical pesticides.

Silent Spring - a famous book written by Rachel Caron in 1962 that discussed how pesticides effect the environment. The book assisted in the banning of DDT.

Subsidies - financial assistance from the government for businesses to encourage growth.

Sustainable/Sustainability - the practice of taking from the environment only what can be replaced in a lifetime, only that which is necessary.

USDA - United States Department of Agriculture

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Last updated on May 8, 2008

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