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Food & Wine

Dim sum, ramen, artisan pizza and more: Four new Los Altos restaurants open or soon to debut

Dim sum, ramen, artisan pizza and more: Four new Los Altos restaurants open or soon to debut

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Your Health

Outdoor training amps up in Mountain View

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Your Home

What's the buzz on bee gardens?

What's the buzz on bee gardens?

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On The Road

Jaguar XJL: A magic carpet on wheels

Jaguar XJL: A magic carpet on wheels

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Senior Lifestyles

General Enrollment Period open for Medicare patients

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Inside Mountain View

More than 7 million square feet of new office space proposed for North Bayshore area

More than 7 million square feet of new office space proposed for North Bayshore area

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Wedding To Remember

Love unleashed: Canine connection leads local police officers to the altar

Love unleashed: Canine connection leads local police officers to the altar

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Your Kids

Gap Year: Local students take time between high school and college to explore their interests

Gap Year: Local students take time between high school and college to explore their interests

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Consumers go organic-study says organic foods and goods preferred

Despite recent breakthroughs in genetically engineered foods that promise to provide more durable and insect-resistant produce, studies show that more consumers seem to buying foods from the opposite spectrum.

Organic foods seem to be growing in popularity. Nearly half of American consumers say they buy organic products, according to national surveys. Studies show that the market for organic products has grown by at least 20 percent a year for the past decade.

The government recently passed new national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products.

Part of the new standards includes adding new organic labeling on grocery store products beginning at the end of this summer.

Organic describes the system of agriculture that protects soil and water resources. Organic food is minimally processed without artificial ingredients or preservatives. Genetic modification is not allowed.

While the most frequently purchased organic products are vegetables, fruits, cereals and grains, other products now include baby food, dairy products, meat and poultry, frozen foods, chocolate, organic cotton, personal care items, health and beauty products containing organic ingredients and fiber products such as bedding, clothing and toys.

Even with organic products on the rise, consumers may still have difficulties locating them. A new Web site called the Organic Pages at www.ota.com provides a directory of organic products and resources.

The site, offered by members of the Organic Trade Association, allows consumers to search products by company, name, brand name, business type, supply chain, geographic location and products or services.

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