Valentine's Day is just around the corner and what comes with it is a trove of junk-food, throw-away plastic items, non-sustainable flowers and single-use gift packaging. With just a little effort and very little extra money, an organic holiday is possible. Let's look at the top five ways to woo that special person:

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In 2009, Michelle Obama broke ground on the White House Garden, as reported at WhiteHouse.gov. The garden was touted as being "organic". Yet, the same administration has stood behind big biotech business and their push to implant GMO's into almost every portion of the American diet. One has to wonder why the administration would have an organic garden "at home", while the rest of us must be subjected to genetically modified foods, without the benefit of food labels telling us so.

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The Mexican government has denied Monsanto's request for expansion of it's pilot program in northern Mexico. The government says that further tests and impact studies need to be done to determine the effect of GMO corn on it's native species.

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A federal crackdown on it's immigrant labor force has forced the restaurant chain, Chipotle to fire hundreds of allegedly illegal employees in Minnesota. According to this article, that could amount to more than half of it's current employees there.

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If you are on a hunt for organic, local, sustainable, and affordable produce, Ballard Farmers Market, in Seattle, is the ideal place to go. Every Sunday, year-round, local vendors stretch out along the Ballard Avenue; everything from organic honey to organic cow’s liver can be purchased here, especially if you come early.

I haven’t had cow’s liver since I left home six years ago. You never see liver at the grocery stores here, plus I would hesitate eating a liver of an animal that was stuffed with hormones and made obese on a corn diet.

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Whole Foods has a great giveaway on their Whole Story blog. Simply enter a something in their comment section for a chance to win before it's too late. Here are the details...

"And to spread a little love around ourselves, we’re giving away five gift baskets full of socially responsible goodies. Why?

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Uncle Matt's Organic is a Florida-based company that offers organic citrus juices and organic produce. They are proud to announce that their entire product family will be shipped in 100% recycled carboard boxes.

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After the USDA dealt a small series of serious blows to organic farming, one must wonder - what is next? Some consumer advocacy groups will be suing the USDA, some will be boycotting products or stores, but will some get more aggressive with their disdain for GM (genetically modified) crops?

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