Debating Whether Hydroponic Can Be Organic

Apr 17, 2017

If a vegetable is grown using hydroponics, should that count as organic? Should it be able to carry  an organic label in the supermarket? It's a question that's driving a lot of debate nationally - and the resistance to hydroponics getting organic certification is being led by some local Vermont farmers.

To talk about the issue, we're joined by Davey Miskell, an organic farmer from Charlotte. He’s been one of the leaders in the movement to limit organic certification to produce grown in soil.

We're also joined by Lauren Mordasky, operations director of Vermont Hydroponics in Florence, where she grows tomatoes using hydroponics.

Also on the program: a 25-year study shows a decline in Vermont forest birds. We'll hear from lead author Steve Faccio of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Broadcast live on Monday, April 17, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.