Food and Farm Organic Hops

  The storage area of the Elliott Bay Brewing Co. brewhouse is marked for organic products, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Seattle, where the company brews about a half-dozen organic, year-round beers and some seasonal beers. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of hops, the key flavor-ingredient in beer, and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The storage area of the Elliott Bay Brewing Co. brewhouse is marked for organic products, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Seattle, where the company brews about a half-dozen organic, year-round beers and some seasonal beers. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of hops, the key flavor-ingredient in beer, and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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