Organic containerized growing is a natural method for growing plants that produce fruits and vegetables in containers instead of planting them in the ground.
Containerized Organics 101
Most of the Produce...
grown using containerized methods is done in controlled environments, like greenhouses, using a variety of different recyclable and compostable growing mediums (substrates) including coconut fiber, peat moss and water. Produce grown in containers must meet the same standards as produce grown in the ground to be certified as organic.
Containerized organic growers rely on the same natural inputs as open field growers to nourish and grow their crops. And containerized growing methods are sustainable and resource-efficient forms of organic growing that relies on less water and less space than growing in soil, helping to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
Threats to Sustainable Organic Growing and Supply
For more than 25 years, containerized growers that adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards under the National Organic Program (NOP) have been certified to grow organic produce.
In 2010, after an extensive review, the USDA through the NOP opted not to change these high standards for certifying organic produce – and affirmed that organic produce can be grown through containerized methods, ensuring everyone has the option to enjoy organic produce.
In Recent Months...
a select group of soil-based, food growers has mounted a campaign to change the current standards to no longer allow organic containerized growing. A change in standards will dramatically limit the amount of organic produce available to the public – just as the public is demanding more organic produce.
The future of growing – including organic growing – depends on the inclusion and expansion of sustainable practices, including containerized growing methods, to ensure everyone who wants organic produce can have it.
Organic Standards Must Be Maintained
It’s critical that containerized growing continues to be included as an organic option to feed a growing population.
Produce grown in containers, following USDA standards, is every bit as organic as produce grown in the ground.