03 Nov '17, 2pm

National Organic Standards Board Decrees That Hydroponic Can Be Organic

On Nov. 1, the National Organic Standards Board finally made a decision on one of the most divisive issues in the organic world: should crops grown in water, containers, or otherwise not in the ground be allowed to call themselves organic? The decision is thus: hydroponic and container gardens will remain eligible for organic certification. This is a debate that's much more complicated than it seems . Hydroponics and other types of high-tech farming get a lot of attention, most of it positive, for utilizing spaces that previously couldn't house farms (abandoned factories, shipping containers, that kind of thing). They can potentially be very energy-efficient and reduce water usage. And there's rarely a need for pesticides at all, since many of these operations are indoors. Among those pleased with the decision is the Recirculating Farms Coalition, a group of eco-conscious ...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/hydroponic-organic-2505900171.html

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