Thank you for your research and reply. From the Doubleday
Dictionary, I note organic described as: pertaining to foodstuffs grown
only natural fertilizers of animal or plant origin. Thinking outside of the
square has already been done o/seas,
and trialed. To my mind, using certified organic nutrients and no chemical
sprays etc. to raise plants for food should be correctly described as
organic! Do you disagree?
I think organics is about a sustainable and non-polluting
way of providing for your needs, mainly food but of course
fibres, wood etc as well. The BIOGRO standards define organics along those
lines. They also say (August 1998 version):
2.1 ". . . to foster beneficial
processes and interactions
as occur in natural ecosystems relying on internal stability rather
than on external control measures"
2.1.4 ". . . For land based
production systems great
emphasis is placed on the importance of soil (sic!) organic matter, and soil
A 'real' soil is providing the growing system with that
internal stability. Hydroponics are a lot more vulnerable and could
potentially need to rely a lot on external inputs. So, it's probably
possible to get organic certification
for Hydroponics (though difficult I imagine), but does it make sense?