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Comment to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) by March 30
When food grown without soil (hydroponic) is allowed to carry the organic label, the environmental and health benefits that underpin organic farming are lost, and legitimate, soil-based farmers who steward the land are unfairly undercut by this cheaper/industrialized growing method.
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… to protect real organic farmers and nutritionally superior food!
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In 2010 the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to prohibit hydroponics in organics. Seven years later, the USDA has still not acted on this recommendation, turning a blind eye to the illegal organic certification of industrial-scale soil-less growers (both domestic and major importers).
Meanwhile, opposition to industrial organic hydroponic and “container” operations is growing. Organic farmers have organized and rallied to “keep the soil in organic.” Consumers are demanding nutrient dense food grown in soils high in organic matter.
Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch, have called for a moratorium on new hydroponic organic certification. A letter signed by 45 organizations representing over two million members also called for a moratorium. The National Organic Program still has not responded.
Please join the resistance by telling the USDA to keep the soil in organics!
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