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More and more, people are wanting to know where the food on their table is coming from, and how it was grown. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, organic food sales have tripled in Illinois over the last five years. 

Even with the demand, some farmers are unwilling to grow the unaltered food.

One of those is Gene Mohr, or the Onion Man, as he's known. 

He's been working the land nearly his entire life, growing nearly every vegetable under the sun.

He now oversees three farmers markets in the Illinois QC. 

But doing it longer, hasn't made it easier. 

"We're seeing a little more asking about it, whether you use sprays or commercial fertilizers or anything like that," Mohr explains.

He adds that he's seen more people seeking out organically grown food, but at the same time, he says those people don't know what they are really asking for. 

"People are listening to "The Media" and they are, a lot of times when they are asking, they really don't know what they are talking about," Mohr explains. "They say, "You don't use any sprays?" And have no idea what a spray is."

Mohr adds that it's a tough venture to be 100% organic, and very expensive. 

Farmers that want to be certified organic farmers, have to be pesticide and herbicide free for at least five years before consideration. 

Also, organic farms can easily lose crops due to poor soil or bugs eating the crops.

Those can ruin an entire yield, and leave nothing left to sell. 

 
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