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Open-Loop Recycling  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
The conversion of material from one or more products into a new product, involving a change in the inherent properties of the material itself (often a degradation in quality). For example, recycling plastic bottles into plastic drainage pipes. Often called downcycling or reprocessing.

Organic Beer  1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
Made from certified-organic malted barley, hops, and yeast. These ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

Organic Food  1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines organic food as that which is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations." Thus “organic” refers to a specific set of standards used throughout the entire process of food production. Food that is certified organic comes from farms that have been inspected and approved under the USDA’s guidelines (by a third-party agent). Organic certification prohibits the use of most conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering, and irradiation (also called ionizing radiation or “cold pasteurization”). Organic meat, eggs, poultry, and dairy come from animals not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. Certified organic food is, by definition, free from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Also, any handling or processing of organic food must be done by certified companies.

Organic Spirits  1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
Made from organic ingredients such as grains or potatoes. Some spirits are made with some organic ingredients, but may not qualify for full organic certification.

Organic Wine  1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
Wine is labeled "organic" or "made with organic grapes" with the strict organic rules set by the USDA National Organic Program. In addition, the wine is produced and bottled in a certified-organic facility. Low levels of added sulfites are allowed in wine labeled "made with organic grapes" and no sulfited are allowed in wine labeled "organic" (with the USDA ORGANIC green logo). Because of U.S. regulations regarding sulfites, only domestic wines can be found labeled as Organic Wine.

Overharvest  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
The act of removing more than the sustainable amount of a resource that would insure its renewal for future generations. Typically related to fishing practices, the term can be applied to timber or the harvest of any natural resource.


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