Next week, the folks who write the rules for organic standards will gather in Jacksonville, Fla., for the bi-annual National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting.
The folks who think food raised without soil shouldn’t be certified organic will be there, too. And they intend to kick up a little dirt.
At issue is this: Corporate agribusiness is pushing the NOSB and the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to allow hydroponically grown produce, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and berries, to be labeled certified organic.
Since July, rallies have been held in 15 cities, from California to Maine, in support of keeping the soil, the foundation of organic, in organic farming. On October 31, supporters will rally one last time, in Jacksonville, during the NOSB meeting.
Soil is the soul of organic—don’t let corporate agribusiness rewrite organic standards!