Should Hydroponic-Grown Produce be Called "Organic"?

October 12, 2016 01:12 PM

The National Organics Standards Board will take another look at hydroponic-grown produce and whether it should be classified as organic.

The board makes recommendations to USDA’s National Organic Program, and USDA oversees the certification.

At a previous subcommittee meeting, the group decided that the lack of soil in hydroponics and container-based organic operations should exclude them from certification.

Those growing with hydroponics say the decision will reduce the availability of organic food. 

The full board meets Nov. 16-18 in St. Louis, Mo.

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Spell Check

Farm, NE
10/12/2016 01:57 PM

  If they have ANY trace of GMO in them they shouldn't be labeled organic. When the consumer reads organic they immediately think GMO free without the use of poisonous chemicals! There should be NO marketing gimmickry when it comes to people being able to choose healthier options for their families! GMO's should be used for ethanol and that's about it. The end user and what their demands are is the top priority. If your fields are pretty and your corn yields are 250/acre is secondary. Growing safe sustainable food should be the focus, always! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had more individuals start farms every year b/c organic is more labor intensive. If we had more farmers producing this way there would be plenty for everyone! Production cost would rise but so does the margin for a more healthy food. People will/do pay for more!


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