The Center for Food Safety has filed a lawsuit in a bid to stop the The Department of Agriculture from certifying hydroponically grown food as organic. Since this goes against the technically definition, they are unhappy that this word is allowed in selling product that does not use soil in any way. The United States is the only country that allows this specification. Because hydroponics rely heavily on fertilizers, they believe this goes against everything that soil fertility stands for.
- People are challenging the decision that hydroponically-grown food can be called organic.
- The suit hinges on the soil, because hydroponic food is grown without soil.
- As organic farmers focus on soil health, they don’t like that hydroponic food can also be organic.
“Synthetic salts are the most common nutrients used in hydroponics, and most of them are not allowed in products certified organic.”