- Marianne Cufone: Hydroponic and aquaponic farms should continue to be eligible for USDA organic certification
- Biological processes of farming matter more than the medium (soil or liquid), she writes
Marianne Cufone is an adjunct environmental law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and the executive director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, a collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations and many others committed to eco-efficient and innovative farming. She was also on the task force that submitted recommendations about hydroponic and aquaponic organic certification to the National Organic Standards Board. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)What makes a product "organic?" In recent debates, it all comes down to dirt -- and water.