Cornucopia’s Take: Soil health is foundational to all living things. Organic farming has enormous benefits for human and environmental health. While hydroponic container growing has merit in particular conditions, it is not organic agriculture.
The Organic Center Digs Deeper on Soil Health YouTube
by The Organic Center
When you buy organic, you’re buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here’s the scoop on Soil Health. Read Full Article »
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 YouTube
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: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS-NOP-16-0100-0001Read Full Article »
Cornucopia’s Take: The National Organic Program should respect organic law which clearly requires good soil stewardship. They could begin by listening to other experts in the field like long-time organic pioneering growers at Keep the Soil in Organic and government scientists at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Profile in Soil Health: Chris Roehm YouTube
by USDA NRCS
“Investing in soil health is fundamental to good organic growing. I think they are essentially one in the same.”
– Chris Roehm, organic farmerRead Full Article »
Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. They are key to healthy ecosystems, plants and agriculture. This short animation tells the story behind dwindling bee populations, and asks us to take action. Read Full Article »