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RE: Hydroponic Lettuce
Thank you for your research and reply. From the Doubleday Dictionary, I note organic described as: pertaining to foodstuffs grown with 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?
Dennis

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"

and

2.1.4 ". . . For land based production systems great emphasis is placed on the importance of soil (sic!) organic matter, and soil flora and fauna."

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?





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