Consumers may notice a new label on the supermarket shelves this summer. Approximately 15 farmers met in Vermont last month to create the standards for an additional product label under the organic certification program. They plan to roll out the new label with a test pilot program of 20-60 farms. The move comes five months after the National Organic Standards Board voted against excluding products grown in hydroponic and aquaponic systems. The new label would exclude these items as well as large livestock operations that don’t pasture their animals. Under the current label, crops that are produced without the use of synthetic substances and without genetic engineering are eligible for certification.
On April 11, 2018January 7, 2020