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Lindsey Kratochwill is a magazine journalism and environmental policy student at Northwestern University. Lindsey lives just outside of Chicago in Evanston, Ill., though she grew up in a much warmer climate in Florida. She enjoys environmental and science journalism and is fascinated with agricultural and food policy.

Foods labeled “gluten-free” line the shelves of special sections in conventional grocery stores and natural food stores alike. But what exactly does this label mean?

Groups such as the Gluten Free Certification Organization, the Celiac Sprue Association, the Canadian Celiac Association and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness each suggest different guidelines to establish a…