Cornucopia’s Take: Over 250 organic farmers and eaters attended the Rally in the Valley to show their support for keeping soil in organics. This 5 minute video captures some of the highlights. Despite the law requiring certified organic farmers to maintain soil health, the National Organic Program has been allowing soil-less growing systems (aka hydroponic) to be certified as organic for the last several years. This has become a huge issue for the National Organic Standards Board.
Keep the Soil in Organic “Rally In The Valley” Excerpt
The debate in the USDA continues about whether fertile soil is the foundation of organic farming. The massive influx of hydroponic vegetables and berries being certified is the result of corporate interests successfully redefining “organic” in the USDA. Please watch this short video of hundreds of farmers and eaters protesting the erosion of the organic standards. It includes short clips of many tractors plus Eliot Coleman and Senator Patrick Leahy speaking at the Rally In The Valley. Organic means something. Send a comment to the USDA telling them you don’t want hydroponics to be called organic: