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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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New research has confirmed fresh fruit and vegetables carry an abundance of non-pathogenic bacteria on their surfaces; and certain organic fruits are among the worst offenders. The family of microbes also varies wildly, depending on the type of produce and the cultivation methods used.

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Dear Lifehacker, I have been buying Aldi's 'Just Organic' Butter, but on closely reading the label the ingredients don't seem to be specifically organic based on the ingredients list. 'Just Organic' seems to be just the branding. How can we be certain that this isn't misleading packaging yet again? Thanks, Butter Madness

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Consumers are increasingly concerned about how farm animals are kept, raised, transported and slaughtered. Most people show their concern by buying "ethical" farm products, such as free-range eggs and organic meats. Consumers should not have to undertake extensive research to get a general idea of where their food comes from, but can they trust -- or even understand -- product labelling?

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There's plenty to like about organic food: it usually tastes better and it lowers your exposure to pesticides. However, if you think it's actually better for you in a strict nutritional sense, you're wrong. A new scientific study reminds us of what common sense already tells us: in terms of nutritional composition, there is no difference between "organic" food and the common-and-not-your garden stuff.

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It's a simple rule: if you imply that your poultry is raised outdoors in a relatively happy free-range lifestyle, it doesn't look good if they turn out to live their entire short lives in indoor sheds. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking one supplier to court for describing its ducks as "open range" and "grown nature's way" while raising them entirely indoors.

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At first glance, "free-range honey" might sound like a contradiction -- after all, how can bees produce honey if you don't let them roam freely over the flowers? But the expression does actually have a relatively specific meaning.