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When Wal-Mart started selling "organic" food at lower prices earlier this year, there was a smattering of articles in the news warning that corner-cutting might result from the megachain's effort to keep things cheap, potentially leading to an across-the-board reduction in nationwide standards for pesticide-free food production. Lo and behold, some of the goods Wal-Mart's been touting as organic have been discovered to be not quite so, according to a report today from organic-farming watchdog organization the Cornucopia Institute. Having found food misidentified as organic in the giant retailer's Plano, Texas, location—and later, locations in the Midwest—the group has filed a complaint with the USDA, asking for a complete investigation.

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