An important meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will take place this November in Jacksonville, FL. Most important on the docket is a vote on allowing hydroponics to be certified as organic, contradicting the original organic insistence that food be grown in soil. With very large players circling in the foreground, all of whom would profit substantially from a relaxation of standards, this meeting represents an existential crisis for organic, and particularly for farmers who concentrate on local, organic, real food. Opening the floodgates to hydroponic will be followed by larger issues of relaxation and make matters worse in the not too distant future.
Dave Chapman, an organic tomato (soil-based) grower in Vermont, is leading a series of rallies around the country in October in preparation for a showdown in Jacksonville.
We will hold a rally in Maine on Sunday, October 15, at noon in Stacy Brenner and John Bliss’ Broadturn Farm (388 Broadturn Rd, Scarborough, ME 04047).
We will be professionally filming the entire rally and will send our video to Dave’s national campaign, where it will be joined by videos from all the other rallies.
We need your attention, your support, and your time.
- You’ll attend the Rally (10/15/17 at 12pm)
- Contact 5-10 of your farmer friends and encourage them to attend.
- Bring a Tractor to Broadturn (we may be able to cover cost of diesel)
- Share our social media information with your customers and network