A few weeks ago I got to ask an important question of Jennifer Tucker, the head of the National Organic Program (NOP).
"I have received reports from both Florida and California of hydroponic berry operations that are spraying herbicide, immediately covering the ground with plastic, putting pots down and then getting certified the next week."
“And my question is, if that were true, is that permitted by the National Organic Program?"
We were at the end of a turbulent meeting with Jenny and about twenty farmers from the Organic Farmers Association. Some of the farmers had spoken passionately about the need for the NOP to end the lack of enforcement of the Pasture Rule and to finalize the Origin of Livestock Rule for dairy animals.