Farmers protest during the noon hour on Monday outside of the NOSB meeting in Stowe, VT. They are upset that the National Organic Program (NOP) is certifying hydroponic operations as organic. Soil, soil building and the rich nutrient mix provided by a healthy, vibrant soil are key components of organic farming. They are demanding that the NOP keep soil in organic.
For more information on this topic, visit https://www.cornucopia.org/2015/03/hydroponics-organic/.
The above images were captured by Ed Maltby, the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA).