The National Organic Standards Board has pushed back their decision whether to recommend that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibit hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic operations from bearing the “certified organic” label.
The necessity for “certified organic” foods to be grown within the new systems are numerous. Vertical farming saves the most space, while growing large amount of produce. Pertaining to ground growing methods, organic methods produce 25% less food than conventional farming on the same land area.
Aquaponic systems, when the ratio of fish to water is correct, do not need antibiotics. In both aqua and aero systems, growth is quicker and healthier. Plant based fertilizers for aeroponics as well as fish based fertilizer for aquaponics make the system self sufficient and clean. With the area needed, resources used, and amount of topsoil left, we need to embrace and teach these new methods.
The organic market is growing exponentially. Creating aeroponics/aquaponic vertical systems within our homes/communities creates food for ourselves as well as food to sell. Keeping organics local is essential to social and environmental longevity: keeping prices (environmental and economic) low. It should be noted GMOs coupled with these systems will bring about the most revolutionary food production rates. However until the public opinion becomes more positive and educated with genetic modification, organics should be our current focus as we need to make sure we are not being idealistic.