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Should Hydroponic Agriculture Be Considered ‘Organic’? New at Reason

Saturday, November 26, 2016 6:39
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HydroponicsWhen most people think of hydroponics, marijuana and tomatoes come to mind. But there’s more to hydroponics. And—wouldn’t you know it—the “more” involves more regulations.

The USDA is currently considering whether hydroponic crops should be eligible to earn the USDA organic seal. They’ve been eligible to earn that status since 2002. But that could change thanks to a USDA-appointed “Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force” that’s making recommendations on the issue. Baylen Linnekin thinks the government should stay out of the matter altogether.

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