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Published October 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Organic hops

Bags of organic malt are stacked in a storage area of the Elliott Bay Brewing Co. brewhouse 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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