Should vegetables grown in water, instead of soil, be certified organic?
Big Ag companies, such as Wholesum Harvest and Driscoll’s, say yes. They’re pushing the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to let them put the USDA Organic seal on hydroponically grown produce, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and berries.
OCA and other consumer watchdogs say no. Why? Because under USDA organic standards, farmers are required to increase soil organic matter.
Here’s another reason: USDA organic standards shouldn’t be re-written to benefit companies like Scotts Miracle-Grow. Scotts—the exclusive distributor of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—is one of the biggest suppliers of the nutrients, growth mediums, containers, irrigation systems and lighting required for soilless crop production.