Organic Hydroponics/Aquaponics?

April 5, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Should hydroponic and aquaponic crops be considered organic if they otherwise follow all the regulations set down by the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP)? That’s still up for debate, but the crops subcommittee of the National Organic Standard’s Board (NOSB)—the body that makes policy recommendations to the NOP—recently released preliminary documents ahead of the NOSB’s spring meeting in Denver that indicates it will recommend against hydroponic and aquaponic practices being labeled organic.

That meeting takes place April 19-21, so we’ll have to wait and see what the board decides. You can read the full document here, which is filed as a discussion document.