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Hydroponic histrionics? Organic purists assail designation

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Can you call a tomato grown in a nutrient solution instead of dirt “organic”? Some purists don’t think so. The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, voted this month against a proposal to exclude hydroponics and aquaponics – the raising of plants without soil and fish using the same water – from the USDA’s organic certification program. Many traditional organic farmers and their supporters say allowing hydroponic farms to be certified organic erodes the integrity of … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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