copyright the Chronicle October 28, 2015
by Joseph Gresser
STOWE — The farmers wanted there to be no doubt about what they favored, so they dumped a pile of beautiful soil in the parking lot of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa Monday afternoon. The mound of dirt served as both the metaphoric and literal platform for speakers at a demonstration here Monday. The group wants federal regulators to find that hydroponically grown produce does not qualify for the organic label.
“Feed the soil, not the plant,” has long been a maxim of the organic farming movement, and it was a refrain repeated by several speakers at the event.
Hydroponic vegetables are grown with their roots in nutrient solutions without soil. While all the farmers agreed there is a place for hydroponically grown produce, they insisted that labeling it as organic would make the designation meaningless.
The primary audience for the demonstration, which lured a sizeable crowd of vegetable growers away from their fields, was the… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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