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Soil: The Essence of Organic Ag & Basis for Self-Government!

Organic agriculture must be based on the fertility of a healthy soil ecosystem. Don't let organic be destroyed with hydroponics (coming under the organic label and thereby watering down the soil basis for true organic agriculture!) or with interventions under color of law.

Date:   12/13/2016 12:17:36 AM   ( 24 mon ) ... viewed 810 times

October 21, 2018 - YouTube Video[33]

Well done video featuring Dave Chapman and Eliot Coleman[34] who both deeply know what real organic agriculture is and how hydroponics produces (what Eliot calls) "virtual vegetables".

Dave mentioned two books by Sir Albert Howard[35] as references for the start of the Organic Movement supposedly in 1940. (Apparently his first book was published in England, 1940 and the first American edition, 1945)[35]

Howard has been referred to as the father of organic agriculture however Biodynamics[36] is most certainly either the mother or the grandfather!
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October 28, 2018 - Another YouTube Video - Organic Insider Max Goldberg says is: "MY MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEW EVER"!

"... I had the rare opportunity to ask USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue why the USDA is allowing this (the very controversial hydroponics in organic), even though the law states that farmers must have a plan that 'fosters soil fertility.'[39]

Sonny gives a completely lame reply to the first questioned posed to him! The question was regarding the conflict of hydroponics being certified as organic when the organic standard clearly requires (in the Organic Foods Production Act) the cultivating the soil. Sonny's reply avoided addressing that conflict altogether and instead said the USDA is about feeding people. "Our motto at the USDA its do right and feed everyone ... not only in the US but around the world". This is another example of a governmental entity expanding its authorized mandate beyond the lawful limits that was originally prescribed at its inception! Sonny went on to say: "It shouldn't be competitive ... Shouldn't we in the United States be about how we can grow and feed people more effectively and more efficiently not only in the uS but around the world?" So these technologies need to be embraced not kept out of. The organic industry has done a wonderful job fifty billion dollars! I would be welcome if they would embrace other techniques as well in order to help feed others".[38]
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October 22, 2018 - Scorecard for the National Organic Standards Board Members -

"... The Cornucopia Institute just announced their biannual update to the NOSB member voting scorecard. Cornucopia, which acts as a corporate and governmental watchdog, has long claimed that the intent of Congress to develop a broad-based stakeholder platform has been legally undermined under both Democratic and Republican administrations. 'The board has been stacked with corporate members of the industry lobby group, the Organic Trade Association, and that has reflected in the erosion of scores by individual members over the last four and a half years,' said (Mark) Kastel.

In ranking NOSB members, Cornucopia uses the consensus position of the nonprofit public interest groups that engage with the board through written comments and oral testimony.

'There is a sharp divide on the board. It used to be evenly split among farmers, representatives advocating on behalf of the public, and corporate players,' continued Kastel. 'Today, lobbyists and influence peddlers are eroding organic standards on behalf of agribusinesses that have invested in the organic industry.'

Kastel further opined, 'Just like federal law bans the use of sewage sludge in organic food production, the NOSB was supposed to be a buffer insulating organic rulemaking from the stench of politics as usual in Washington. One of our goals is to restore the power Congress vested in this body to protect the true integrity of the organic label.'”[37]
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December 7, 2017 -

"Building soil fertility, a foundational principle of organic farming, would benefit from having numerous small pasture-based dairies spread across the land providing fresh unprocessed milk. Agricultural universities and the Cooperative Extension System could seize a real leadership opportunity by promoting and participating in this reinvention of dairy farming, and restoring the ecology of this traditional food and farming system."[22]
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September 8, 2018 - People Don’t Want To Buy Hydroponic -

"What has happened is that the hydroponic producers have realized that people don’t want to buy hydroponic. That’s not what people are looking for when they go to buy organic. And the producers also realized that hydroponic was illegal. It was against the rules of OFPA. And they also realized that it was against the 2010 NOSB recommendation that clearly said hydro should not be allowed.

So their solution was to say, 'Organic is what we say it is.' They decided they’re not hydroponic producers! They are 'container' producers. They invented this term called 'containerized' growing. And it’s actually just hydroponic production. They just came up with a new name for it. It was pretty brilliant. So instead of an honest discussion, we got into an enormously confused debate where some people on the NOSB were saying, 'I don’t know. I guess they’re not hydroponic.'"[31]
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March 7, 2018 - The Real Organic Project - These American organic farmers have a spirit that can be likened unto the "Spirit of '76"!

We are hard at work on the simple standards that will define our organic add-on label. In three weeks our fifteen-person Standards Board will come together in Vermont from around the country to create the provisional standards. We will send out an update after that meeting to describe progress on the upcoming pilot project.

This Saturday (Dave Chapman) will be giving the keynote address at the NOFA CT Winter Conference in Danbury. (He) will talk about why the Real Organic Project was formed, and what we hope to accomplish in the coming years.

Please join (Dave) if you can make it. We will be showing the short film of The Rallies to Protect Organic[25] at the beginning of the talk. Sign up for the NOFA conference or to stream the keynote.

Campaign: “Just Ask” -
One of the programs we are most excited about is the “Just Ask” campaign, urging eaters all over the country to ask the staff where they shop whether the certified organic tomatoes and berries offered are hydroponic or are they real organic grown in the soil. And eaters will ask if the eggs and meat and milk came from CAFOs or from farms where the animals got real access to pasture every day.
 
The “Just Ask” campaign has the same goal as the current effort from Cornucopia Institute to Demand Real Organic Food From Real Organic Farmers.[26] Cornucopia wants all organic eaters to send them a card asking major retailers to offer genuine organic choices. If we speak up, the stores will respond. Please visit them and support this campaign.

There has been a flurry of articles about the Real Organic Project:
 
Modern Farmer:
The Real Organic Project: Disgusted With the USDA, Farmers Make Their Own Organic Label
 
IEG Policy:
Organic farmers launch effort for add-on label after disappointing NOSB actions
 
Agri-Pulse:
Organic purists hatching an auxiliary label
 
Organic Farmers Association:
Organic Farmers Write Letter to Secretary Perdue

Finally, we have had a few more people join the Real Organic Advisory Board since my 2/16 letter. We are very proud of many voices that have come together to support us.

Anne Bickle & David Montgomery are Dig2Grow, a husband & wife and a pair of writers who live in Seattle. Dave is a broad-minded geologist and Anne is a free-range biologist with a bad case of plant lust. They chose Dig2Grow because “that’s what happens when you write, talk, and act on things that matter to the well-being of people and our one-and-only planet.”

They both speak widely on the complex world of soil, plants, and animals. They have become champions for the revolution of regenerative agriculture taking place worldwide.

David is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is also a MacArthur Fellow. Anne is a biologist with wide-ranging interests that have led her into watershed restoration, environmental planning, and public health.

David has written Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life and Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Anne and David co-wrote the book The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health.

Maddie Kempner is the Policy Director of NOFA VT. Maddie worked with the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition to help pass Vermont’s GMO labeling law. Maddie is passionate about advocating for positive food and farm policy change. She has a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Active in the movement to Keep The Soil In Organic, Maddie has spoken at Rallies in both Vermont and Jacksonville, Florida. She has testified numerous times to the NOSB to protect organic integrity.

Zoë Ida Bradbury. Born onto a sheep ranch along the southern Oregon coast, Zoë grew up birthing lambs in the spring, watching salmon spawn in the fall, and taming plums and tomatoes into canning jars all summer. Her love for food, farming and rural livelihood ultimately lured her back to her native southern Oregon where she has run a diversified fresh market farm — Valley Flora — since 2008, on land shared with her mother and sister.

With her two young daughters in tow, she cultivates a couple hundred varieties of vegetable, berry, fruit, herb and flower crops for local restaurants, foodbanks, farmstand, u-pick, and 100+ CSA shares (all with the help of one old electric tractor, one young diesel tractor, three draft horses, and a couple of wonderful employees).

She graduated from Stanford University and has a masters degree in Community Change and Food Systems. She is a Food & Society Policy Fellow, has written for a number of publications over the years, and co-edited Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement.

Steve Ela is a farmer from Colorado. He is co-owner of Ela Family Farms, which has been certified organic since 1996. He is a current member of the National Organic Standards Board. He was an Organic Farming Research Foundation board member from 2001–2011 and previous OFRF board Chairman.

Steve has been an organizer for several National Organic Tree Fruit Research Symposiums and has participated in and written grants for numerous research projects. Steve has a Master’s in Soil Science, and has served on a wide variety of Boards and Advisory Committees addressing food and agriculture issues nationally, regionally, and locally.

Mary Ellen Chadd started Green Spark Farm in 2009 and now farms full-time year-round with her husband and two little daughters. Mary Ellen attended Evergreen State College majoring in Ecological Agriculture and Community Food Systems.

Before starting her farm in her home-town area in Maine, she worked with the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project there, writing curriculum and training refugees and new Americans in farming systems, marketing for farmers, and farm business planning.

She contributes to the new farmer community by speaking at MOFGA classes and events. Her farm has employed and mentored six young farmers who have gone on to start their own farm businesses.

Will Allen grew up on a small farm in Southern California. He served in the Marine Corps. Will earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1968, studying tropical forest farmers in Peru. Will taught at the University of Illinois and later at the University of California.

He began farming organically in the Santa Barbara area in 1968. He founded Ganesha Growers in 1977 and was one of the first organic farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. He served on the board of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and helped write the first organic handbook for CCOF. He served on the board and conference committee of the Ecological Farming Association for a dozen years. Will founded the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) in 1990 to help farmers learn how to grow organic cotton, convince garment makers to use organic fibers, and reduce farmworker pesticide injuries. SCP convinced Patagonia, Esprit, Levis, Marks and Spencer, Nike, and other garment makers to use organic fibers.

In 2000, he took over the management of Cedar Circle Farm, in East Thetford, Vermont along with his wife Kate Duesterberg. Their activist efforts resulted in the creation of a coalition for labeling GMO products in Vermont. They were successful, and Vermont became the first state in the US to pass a GMO labeling law in 2014. In 2016, Will transitioned his focus to co-found a new non-profit organization called Regeneration Vermont. The goal of Regeneration Vermont is to redirect Vermont agriculture toward regenerative methods that protect and enhance the natural environment, produce healthy food products, provide economic justice to farmers and farm workers, promote animal welfare, and implement climate change remediation through an understanding of, and commitment to, healthy, living soils. Will serves as the Research Director for the organization.
 
Will’s first book, The War on Bugs, was published by Chelsea Green in 2008.

Kate Duesterberg received a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Community Development & Ag Economics. Since graduate school, Kate has worked to promote local, organic farming – from the perspective of policy advocate, community organizer, institutional change advocate, and farm manager. She started her activist career as Sustainable Agriculture program coordinator at Illinois Stewardship Alliance and then at Rural Vermont, two NGOs working to promote sustainable farming. Kate worked at the University of Vermont (UVM), where she helped establish the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. A major focus was to organize programs to help farmers and agricultural professionals (Extension, NRCS, Department of Agriculture) learn about sustainable and organic farming techniques, calling upon experienced farmers as teachers. Kate also worked with the Women’s Agricultural Network at UVM and the Sustainable Cotton Project in California as managing director.

Since 2000, Kate has co-managed Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, Vermont. In 2016, Kate, Will, and their partner Michael Colby founded a new non-profit organization called Regeneration Vermont. The goal of Regeneration Vermont is to redirect Vermont agriculture toward regenerative methods that protect and enhance the natural environment, produce healthy food products, provide economic justice to farmers and farm workers, promote animal welfare, and implement climate change remediation through an understanding of — and commitment to — healthy, living soils.

If you enjoy this newsletter, perhaps you'd like to share it with your friends by sending them to www.realorganicproject.org and inviting them to give us their email address.
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May 22, 2018 - A Comment (that apparently can't get posted at SierraClub because they require a FaceBook sign up).

The full function of soil cannot be imitated, substituted, let alone replaced by soilless agriculture(sic) systems no matter how all those isolated chemicals may appear to add up. Soil life is much more than chemicals!

Soil is not only the foundational basis for growing vegetables (of which some appear to also be grown in the other systems) it is The Only Means for growing pastures that are the long-standing ecologically appropriate source of food for all ruminant animals which is Nature's way for increasing soil fertility.

The irrefutable fact of this irreplaceable source for animals as well as all the other plant species that can not be converted onto "other systems" - plus the fact that the history of Organic Agriculture began with the awareness of the need for healing the soil - altogether places greater urgency toward supporting traditional organic agriculture along with having that form of "Organic" clearly identified as such rather than confused with a totally separate and dubious "alternative" to traditional soil-based agriculture.

The other soilless path can have their own label rather than tag along on the mission trail (that has been blazed by real dirt farmers and growers) that includes a steady stream of earth healers who actually work with the earth matter known as soil![29]
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May 11, 2018 - Something/s Rising! -

Got a reply from Robert Slovak [in reply to my second (duplicate) inquiry regarding the status of the Purist water purification system that we have and that a friend wanted further information on] and this activated a new conversation regarding Robert's latest more advanced water system. Later he referred me to Dr. August Dunning's presentation on our health crisis (at YouTube). Also Robert referred (in part) to the following Senate Report:

Senate Document #264

Document #264 -
Presented by Rex Beach, June 1936 -
United States GPO -
Washington, D.C., 1936 -

[This document is reproduced here in its entirety from a copy obtained from the United States Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. Some editorial comments have been added and some text bolded for emphasis. All editorial comments are placed within brackets and italicized for identification. Senate Document 264 was written in 1936, and submitted as part of a Congressional investigation into U.S. farming practices. The leading authorities of the day had been sounding the alarm that depleted soils were causing a significant decline in the nation's health, evidenced by a steady increase in degenerative diseases. But when Congress saw the price tag on repairing the nation's farm and range soils, they swept their own investigation under the carpet. Please take the time to read this entire document if you want to know the real reason for disease. The understanding of the problem is the beginning of the solution.]

INTRODUCTION -
"Concerning Dr. Charles Northen: "This quiet, unballyhooed pioneer and genius in the field of nutrition demonstrates that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! To overcome this alarming condition, he doctors sick soils and, by seeming miracles, raises truly healthy and health-giving fruits and vegetables." - Rex Beach

Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods, fruits and vegetables and grains, now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat! This talk about minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization of the importance of minerals in food is so new that the textbooks on nutritional dietetics contain very little about it. Nevertheless, it is something that concerns all of us, and the further we delve into it the more startling it becomes.

You would think, wouldn't you, that a carrot is a carrot - that one is about as good as another as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn't; one carrot may look and taste like another and yet be lacking in the particular mineral element which our system requires and which carrots are supposed to contain. Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would starve us!). No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them! And we are running to big stomachs.

No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many calories or certain vitamins or a fixed proportion of starches, proteins, or carbohydrates. We now know that it must contain, in addition, something like a score of mineral salts. [We now know that the number is closer to four score.]

It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one or more of the important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives.

This discovery is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health. So far as the records go, the first man in the field of research, the first to demonstrate that most human foods of our day are poor in minerals and that their proportions are not balanced, was Dr. Charles Northen, an Alabama physician now living in Orlando, Florida. His discoveries and achievements are of enormous importance to mankind.

Following a wide experience in general practice, Dr. Northen specialized in stomach diseases and nutritional disorders. Later he moved to New York and made extensive studies along this line, in conjunction with a famous French scientist from the Sorbonne. In the course of that work, he convinced himself that there was little authentic, definite information on the chemistry of foods and that no dependence could be placed on existing data.

He asked himself how foods could be used intelligently in the treatment of disease, when they differed so widely in content. The answer seemed to be that they could not be used intelligently. In establishing the fact that serious deficiencies existed and in searching out the reasons therefore, he made an extensive study of the soil. It was he who first voiced the surprising assertion that we must make soil building the basis of food building in order to accomplish human building.

Bear in mind,says Dr. Northen, that minerals are vital to human metabolism and health - and that no plant or animal can appropriate to itself any mineral which is not present in the soil upon which it feeds.

When I first made this statement I was ridiculed, for up to that time, people had paid little attention to food deficiencies and even less to soil deficiencies. Men eminent in medicine denied there was any such thing as vegetables and fruits that did not contain sufficient minerals for human needs. Eminent agricultural authorities insisted that all soil contained all the necessary minerals. They reasoned that plants take what they need, and that is the function of the human body to appropriate what it requires. Failure to do so, they said, was a symptom of disorder.

Some of our respected authorities even claimed that the so-called secondary minerals played no part whatever in human health. It is only recently that such men as Dr. McCollum of Johns Hopkins, Dr. Mendel of Yale, Dr. Sherman of Columbia, Dr. Lipman of Rutgers, and Drs. H.G. Knight and Oswald Schreiner of the United States Department of Agriculture have agreed that these minerals are essential to plant, animal, and human feeding.

We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for the normal function of some special structure of the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body's appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.

Neither does the layman realize that there may be a pronounced difference in both foods and soils - to him one vegetable, one glass of milk, or one egg is about the same as another. Dirt is dirt, too, and he assumes that by adding a little fertilizer to it, a satisfactory vegetable or fruit can be grown.

The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food. For example, vegetation grown in one part of the country may assay 1,100 parts per billion of iodine, as against 20 in that grown elsewhere. Processed milk has run anywhere from 362 parts per million of iodine and 127 of iron, down to nothing.

Some of our lands, even in a virgin state, never were well balanced in mineral content, and unhappily for us, we have been systematically robbing the poor soils and the good soils alike of the very substances necessary to health, growth, long life, and resistance to disease. Up to the time I began experimenting, almost nothing had been done to make good the theft. The more I studied nutritional problems and the effects of mineral deficiencies upon disease, the more plainly I saw that here lay the most direct approach to better health, and the more important it became in my mind to find a method of restoring those missing minerals to our foods.

The subject interested me so profoundly that I retired from active medical practice and for a good many years now I have devoted myself to it. It's a fascinating subject, for it goes to the heart of human betterment."

The results obtained by Dr. Northen are outstanding. By putting back into the foods the stuff that foods are made of, he has proved himself to be a real miracle man of medicine, for he has opened up the shortest and most rational route to better health.

He showed first that it should be done, and then that it could be done.
He doubled and redoubled the natural mineral content of fruits and vegetables.
He improved the quality of milk by increasing the iron and the iodine in it.
He caused hens to lay eggs richer in the vital elements.
By scientific soil feeding, he raised better seed potatoes in Maine, better grapes in California, better oranges in Florida and better field crops in other states. (By "better" is meant not only improvement in food value but also an increase in quality and quantity.)

Before going further into the results he has obtained, let's see just what is involved in this matter of "mineral deficiencies," what it may mean to our health, and how it may affect the growth and development, both mental and physical, of our children. We know that rats, guinea pigs and other animals can be fed into a diseased condition and out again by controlling only the minerals in their food.

A 10-year test with rats proved that by withholding calcium they can be bred down to a third the size of those fed with an adequate amount of that mineral. Their intelligence, too, can be controlled by mineral feeding as readily as can their size, their bony structure, and their general health.

Place a number of these little animals inside a maze after starving some of them in a certain mineral element. The starved ones will be unable to find their way out, whereas the others will have little or no difficulty in getting out. Their dispositions can be altered by mineral feeding. They can be made quarrelsome and belligerent; they can even be turned into cannibals and be made to devour each other.

A cage full of normal rats will live in amity. Restrict their calcium and they will become irritable and draw apart from one another. Then they will begin to fight. Restore their calcium balance and they will grow more friendly; in time they will begin to sleep in a pile as before. Many backward children are "stupid" merely because they are deficient in magnesia. [Magnesium] We punish them for our failure to feed them properly.

Certainly our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems then upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein, or carbohydrates we consume.

It is now agreed that at least 16 mineral elements are indispensable for normal nutrition, and several more are always found in small amounts in the body, although their precise physiological role has not been determined. Of the 16 indispensable salts, calcium, phosphorus and iron are perhaps the most important. (Now given the findings of Dr. Carolyn Dean we have to add magnesium to this list. cj)

[Today, many nutritionists, scientists and health care professionals insist that as many as 76 minerals are essential to achieving and maintaining optimal health, longevity and resistance to disease. Some of the most convincing evidence of the essentiality of minerals has come from research conducted by the Department of Agriculture.]

Calcium is the most dominant nerve controller; it powerfully affects the cell formation of all living things and regulates nerve action. It governs contractility of the muscles and the rhythmic beat of the heart. It also coordinates the other mineral elements and corrects disturbances made by them. (The same can be said for Magnesium. In fact Calcium requires a right ration to Magnesium - cj) It works only in sunlight. Vitamin D is its buddy. Dr. Sherman of Columbia asserts that 50 percent of the American people are starving for calcium. (Now more than that is starving for Magnesium. cj) A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that out of 4,000 cases in New York Hospital, only 2 were not suffering from a lack of calcium.

What does such a deficiency mean? How would it affect your health or mine? So many morbid conditions and actual diseases may result that it is almost hopeless to catalog them. Included in the list are rickets, bony deformities, bad teeth, nervous disorders, reduced resistance to other diseases, fatigability, and behavior disturbances such as incorrigibility, assaultiveness and nonadaptability. [Cancer, heart disease, and more.]

Here's one specific example: The soil around a certain Midwest city is poor in calcium. Three hundred children in this community were examined and nearly 90 percent had bad teeth, swollen glands, enlarged or diseased tonsils. More than one-third had defective vision, round shoulders, bowlegs and anemia.

Calcium and phosphorus appear to pull in double harness. A child requires as much per day as two grown men, but studies indicate a common deficiency of one or the other as the cause of serious losses to the farmers, and when the soil is poor in phosphorous their animals become bone-chewers. Dr. McCollum says that when there are enough phosphates in the blood there can be no dental decay.

Iron is an essential constituent of the oxygen-carrying pigment of the blood: iron starvation results in anemia, and yet iron cannot be assimilated unless some copper is contained in the diet. In Florida, many cattle die from an obscure disease called "salt sickness." It has been found to arise from a lack of iron and copper in the soil and hence the grass. A man may starve for want of these elements just as a beef "critter" starves.

If iodine is not present in our foods the function of the thyroid gland is disturbed and goiter afflicts us. The human body requires only fourteen-thousandths of a milligram daily, yet we have a distinct "goiter belt " in the Great Lakes section, and in parts of the Northwest the soil is so poor in iodine that the disease is common.

So it goes, down through the list, each mineral element playing a definite role in nutrition. A characteristic set of symptoms, just as specific as any vitamin-deficiency disease, follows a deficiency in any one of them. It is alarming, therefore, to face the fact that we are starving for these precious, health-giving substances.

Very well, you say, if our foods are poor in the mineral salts they are supposed to contain, why not resort to dosing?
That is precisely what is being done, or being attempted. However, those who should know assert that the human system cannot appropriate those elements to the best advantage in any but the food form. At best, only a part of them in the form of drugs can be utilized by the body, and certain dietitians go so far as to say it is a waste of effort to fool with them. Calcium, for instance, cannot be supplied in any form of medication with lasting effect.

But there is a more potent reason why the curing of diet deficiencies by drugging hasn't worked out so well. Consider those 16 indispensable elements and those others which presumably perform some obscure function as yet understood. Aside from calcium and phosphorous, they are needed only in infinitesimal quantities, and the activity of one may be dependent upon the presence of another. To determine the precise requirements of each individual case and to attempt to weigh it out on a druggist's scale would appear hopeless.

It is a problem and a serious one. But here is the hopeful side of the picture: Nature can and will solve it if she is encouraged to do so. The minerals in fruit and vegetables are colloidal; i.e. they are in a state of such extremely fine suspension that they can be assimilated by the human system: It is merely a question of giving back to nature the materials with which she works.

We must rebuild our soils: Put back the minerals we have taken out. That sounds difficult but it isn't. Neither is it expensive. Therein lies the short cut to better health and longer life.

When Dr. Northen first asserted that many foods were lacking in mineral content and that this deficiency was due solely to an absence of those elements in the soil, his findings were challenged and he was called a crank. But differences of opinion in the medical profession are not uncommon - it was only 60 years ago that the Medical Society of Boston passed a resolution commending the use of bathtubs - and he persisted in his assertion that inasmuch as foods did not contain what they were supposed to contain, no physician could with certainty prescribe a diet to overcome physical ills.

He showed that the textbooks are not dependable because many of the analyses in them were made many years ago, perhaps from products raised in virgin soils, whereas our soils have been constantly depleted. Soil analyses, he pointed out, reflect only the content of samples. One analysis may be entirely different from another made ten miles away.
"And so what?" came the query.

Dr. Northen undertook to demonstrate that something could be done about it. By re-establishing a proper soil balance he actually grew crops that contained an ample amount of desired minerals.

This was incredible. It was contrary to the books and it upset everything connected with diet practice. The scoffers began to pay attention to him. Recently, the Southern Medical Association, realizing the hopelessness of trying to remedy nutritional deficiencies without positive factors to work with, recommended a careful study to determine the real mineral content of foodstuffs and the variations due to soil depletion in different localities. These progressive medical men are awake to the importance of prevention.

[Those "progressive medical men" would be shoved into obscurity by the large-scale development of antibiotics and the belief that we could produce a drug for every illness. Preventative medicine was relegated to the back seat by pharmaceutical politics.]

Dr. Northen went even further and proved that crops grown in a properly mineralized soil were bigger and better; that seeds germinated quicker, grew more rapidly and made larger plants; that trees were healthier and put on more fruit of better quality. By increasing the mineral content of citrus fruit he likewise improved its texture, its appearance and its flavor.
He experimented with a variety of growing things, and in every case the story was the same. By mineralizing the feed at poultry farms, he got more and better eggs; by balancing pasture soils, he produced richer milk. Persistently he hammered home to farmers, to doctors, and to the general public the thought that life depends upon the minerals!

His work led him into a careful study of the effects of climate, sunlight, ultraviolet and thermal rays upon plant, animal and human hygiene. In consequence he moved to Florida. People familiar with his work consider him the most valuable man in the state. I met him by reason of the fact that I was harassed by certain soil problems on my Florida farm which had baffled the best chemists and fertilizer experts available.

He is an elderly, retiring man, with a warm smile and an engaging personality. He is a trifle shy until he opens up on his pet topic; then his difference disappears and he speaks with authority. His mind is a storehouse crammed with precise, scientific data about soil and food chemistry, the complicated life processes of plants, animals, and human beings - and the effect of malnutrition upon all three. He is perhaps as close to the secret of life as any man anywhere.
"Do you call yourself a soil a or a food chemist?" I inquired.

"Neither. I am an M.D. My works lie in the field of biochemistry and nutrition. I gave up medicine because this is a wider and a more important work. Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people. Physical, mental, and moral fitness depends largely upon an ample supply and a proper proportion of the minerals in our foods. Nerve function, nerve stability, nerve cell-building likewise depend thereon. I'm really a doctor of sick soils."

Do you mean to imply that the vegetables I'm raising on my farm are sick?" I asked.

Precisely! They're as weak and undernourished as anemic children. They're not much good as food. Look at the pests and the diseases that plague them. Insecticides cost farmers nearly as much as fertilizer these days."
A healthy plant, however, grown in soil properly balanced, can and will resist most insect pests. That very characteristic makes it a better food product. You have tuberculosis and pneumonia germs in your system but you're strong enough to throw them off. Similarly, a really healthy plant will pretty nearly take care of itself in the battle against insects and blights - and will also give the human system what it requires.

"Good heavens! Do you realize what that means to agriculture?"

Perfectly. Enormous savings. Better crops. Lowered living costs to the rest of us. But I'm not so much interested in agriculture as in health."

It sounds beautifully theoretical and utterly impractical to me," I told the doctor, whereupon he gave me some of his case records.

For instance, in an orange grove infested with scale, when he restored the mineral balance to part of the soil, the trees growing in that part became clean while the rest remained diseased. By the same means he had grown healthy rosebushes between rows that were riddled by insects.

He has grown tomato and cucumber plants, both healthy and diseased, where the vines intertwined. The bugs ate up the diseased and refused to touch the healthy plants! He showed me interesting analyses of citrus fruits the chemistry and the food value of which accurately reflected the soil treatment the trees had received.

There is no space here to go fully into Dr. Northen's work but it is of such importance as to rank with that of Burbank, the plant wizard, and with that of our famous physiologists and nutritional experts.
"Healthy plants mean healthy people," said he. "We can't raise a strong race on a weak soil. Why don't you try mending the deficiencies on your farm and growing more minerals into your crop?"

I did try and I succeeded. I was planting a large acreage of celery and under Dr. Northen's direction I fed minerals into certain blocks of land in varying amounts. When the plants from this soil were mature I had them analyzed, along with celery from other parts of the state. It was the most careful and comprehensive study of the kind ever made, and it included over 250 separate chemical determinations. I was amazed to learn that my celery had more than twice the mineral content of the best grown elsewhere. Furthermore, it kept much better, with and without refrigeration, proving that the cell structure was sounder.
In 1927, Mr. W.W. Kincaid, a "gentleman farmer" of Niagara Falls, heard an address by Dr. Northen and was so impressed that he began extensive experiments in the mineral feeding of plants and animals. The results he has accomplished are conspicuous. He set himself the task of increasing the iodine in the milk from his dairy herd. He has succeeded in adding both iodine and iron so liberally that one glass of his milk contains all of these minerals that an adult male requires for a day.
Is this significant? Listen to these incredible figures taken from a bulletin of the South Carolina Food Research Commission: "In many sections three out of five persons have goiter and a recent estimate states that 30 million people in the United States suffer from it."

Foods rich in iodine are of the greatest importance to these sufferers.
Mr. Kincaid took a brown Swiss heifer calf which was dropped in the stockyards, and by raising her on mineralized pasturage and a properly balanced diet made her the third all-time champion of her breed! In one season she gave 21,924 pounds of milk. He raised her butterfat production to 410 pounds in 1 year to 1,037 pounds. Results like these are of incalculable importance.

Others besides Mr. Kincaid are following the trail Dr. Northen blazed. Similar experiments with milk have been made in Illinois and nearly every fertilizer company is beginning to urge use of the rare mineral elements. As an example I quote from statements of a subsidiary of one of the leading copper companies:

Many states show a marked reduction in the productive capacity of the soil…in many districts amounting to a 25 to 50 percent reduction in the last 50 years…Some areas show a tenfold variation in calcium. Some show a sixty-fold variation in phosphorous... Authorities…see soil depletion, barren livestock, increased human death rate due to heart disease, deformities, arthritis, increased dental caries, all due to lack of essential minerals in plant foods.

It is neither a complicated nor an expensive undertaking to restore our soils to balance and thereby work a real miracle in the control of disease," says Dr. Northen. "As a matter of fact, it's a money-making move for the farmer, and any competent soil chemist can tell him how to proceed."

First determine by analysis the precise chemistry of any given soil, then correct the deficiencies by putting down enough of the missing elements to restore its balance. The same care should be used as in prescribing for a sick patient, for proportions are of vital importance.

In my early experiments I found it extremely difficult to get the variety of minerals needed in the form in which I wanted to use them but advancement in chemistry, and especially our ever-increasing knowledge of colloidal chemistry, has solved that difficulty. It is now possible, by the use of minerals in colloidal form, to prescribe a cheap and effective system of soil correction which meets this vital need and one which fits in admirably with nature's plans.
Soils seriously deficient in minerals cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs, and with the continuous cropping and shipping away of those concentrates, the condition becomes worse.

A famous nutrition authority recently said, "One sure way to end the American people's susceptibility to infection is to supply through food a balanced ration of iron, copper, and other metals. An organism supplied with a diet adequate to, or preferably in excess of, all mineral requirements may so utilize these elements as to produce immunity from infection quite beyond anything we are able to produce artificially by our present method of immunization. You can't make up the deficiency by using patent medicine.

He's absolutely right. Prevention of disease is easier, more practical, and more economical than cure, but not until foods are standardized on a basis of what they contain instead of what they look like can the dietitian prescribe them with intelligence and with effect.

There was a time when medical therapy had no standards because the therapeutic elements in drugs had not been definitely determined on a chemical basis. Pharmaceutical houses have changed all that. Food chemistry, on the other hand, has depended almost entirely upon governmental agencies for its research, and in our real knowledge of values we are about where medicine was a century ago.

Disease preys most surely and most viciously on the undernourished and unfit plants, animals, and human beings alike, and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully realized the chemistry of life will have to be rewritten. No man knows his mental or bodily capacity, how well he can feel or how long he can live, for we are all cripples and weaklings. It is a disgrace to science. Happily, that chemistry is being rewritten and we're on our way to better health by returning to the soil the things we have stolen from it.

The public can help; it can hasten the change. How? By demanding quality of food. By insisting that our doctors and our health departments establish scientific standards of nutritional value. The growers will quickly respond. They can put back those minerals almost overnight and by doing so they can actually make money through bigger and better crops. It is simpler to cure sick soils than sick people - which shall we choose?"

[We chose chemotherapy, amputations, pacemakers, surgery, and wheelchairs. One fourth of our Gross National Product (1.4 trillion dollars) is now spent on medical care, affectionately referred to (by doctors and drug reps) as "health care."]
Editorial notes by Steven Kessler, RT., MCPS and Charles Martin Simon.

This document is supplied for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to recommend or prescribe any treatment for any condition or illness. Contact a doctor or medical professional who is trained in the use of natural nutritional supplements before adding any new protocol or when starting any health or exercise program.[28]
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March 8, 2018 -

A couple hours ago I was reminded of an article[27] I had read in 1980 about the loss of our topsoil and the need to rebuild it. It struck a permanent chord in me that I believe underscored my preference for truly organic foods which I had been introduced to several years earlier. Now thirty-seven years later and I feel sadness knowing that the true organic standard for organic foods has been disregarded by the government. Fortunately the organic farmers in America are not resigned to doing nothing about that and instead have launched a revival of the original soil-based organic standards. I feel both grateful for this revival and duty-bound to support to the best I can - hence the continuation of this blog.
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October 26, 2017 - Dear National Organic Standards Board,

We stand with the community of organic farmers and consumers that rely upon organic food and agriculture for not only the nutritious and clean food that it provides, but also as the solution for a sustainable future through regenerative agricultural practices. The organic farmers that pioneered the organic revolution decades ago did so in the interest of our health and that of the soil, plants, water and animals to create a system of agriculture we could pass down to the next generations.

Organic consumers understand that when they purchase organic food, it is an investment in our future, our planet and their personal health—all of which are interdependent and inseparable. “What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.” This is why so many people have chosen to eat organic food—for the promise of a hopeful future for ourselves and also Earth.

The currently permitted organic certification of hydroponically grown food in recent years has deceived consumers as it is not grown in the soil and in accordance with traditional—nor certifiable—organic practices. Consumers have come to expect and rely upon healthy food grown in the soil when they buy organic, which is based upon the regulatory framework in partnership with organic farmers in the U.S. It is disingenuous, at the very least, to allow the production and sale of food as Organic that does not meet the organic standards as set forth by organic farmers and subsequently past National Organic Standards Boards and the National Organic Program.

Allowing hydroponics to be certified as organic erodes the public trust in the organic label and is a great disservice to the farmers whom we rely upon.

The Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) specifically states,

“An organic plan shall contain provisions designed to foster soil fertility, primarily through the management of the organic content of the soil through proper tillage, crop rotation, and manuring.”

Hydroponically grown food—plants that receive their primary nutrients through an artificial feeding tube instead of the fertility, health and vitality of the soil—are not qualified to be certified as organic and therefore, should not be.

We now urge the National Organic Standards Board to vote for the proposal to recommend that hydroponic production not be allowed to be certified organic, and we urge the National Organic Program to implement that recommendation in keeping with the spirit of OFPA and the 2010 NOSB recommendation on hydroponic growing, clarifying and strengthening the organic standards and preserving and restoring a system of agriculture vital to our health and a sustainable future.[21]

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May 3, 2017 -

Hydroponic “Organic” is Illegal

Use of the word “organic” on products that do not comply with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the National Organic Program Final Rule (NOP) is illegal. The NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) recommended against “hydroponic” products being labeled a “organic” on numerous occasions. Neither OFPA nor the NOP have been amended to allow for the products of soilless production systems being labeled as organic. Federal organic hydroponic standards have not been issued, following notice and comment rulemaking.

Companies who make “organic” claims on products produced using soilless systems should be ordered to remove the word “organic” from their products, or face prosecution for violating OFPA, since they are committing fraud. Certifying agents who certify soilless production systems as “organic” should be ordered to discontinue such activities or face loss of USDA accreditation.

As the legal basis for this position, one needs to look no further than the plain language of OFPA and the NOP Final Rule.

OFPA Section 6513 “Organic Plan” states:
“(b)(1) Soil Fertility. An organic plan shall contain provisions designed to foster soil fertility, primarily through the management of the organic content of the soil through proper tillage, crop rotation, and manuring.
(g) Limitation on Content of Plan. An organic plan shall not include any production or handling practices that are inconsistent with this chapter.”

Soilless production systems do not foster soil fertility or build soil organic matter content, as required by OFPA. Organic plans for soilless operations, by definition, include production practices that are inconsistent with OFPA since they are based solely on input use instead of implementing an soil fertility program that builds soil organic matter.

The NOP Final Rule, Section 205.200 “General” states:
“The producer or handler of a production or handling operation intending to sell, label, or represent agricultural products as “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))” must comply with the applicable provisions of this subpart. Production practices implemented in accordance with this subpart must maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality.”

Soilless production systems do not comply with NOP 205.200, since they do not maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation including soil quality.

The NOP Final Rule, Section 205.203 “Soil fertility and crop nutrient management” states:
“(a) The producer must select and implement tillage and cultivation practices that maintain or improve the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil and minimize soil erosion.
(b) The producer must manage crop nutrients and soil fertility through rotations, cover crops, and the application of plant and animal materials.
(c) The producer must manage plant and animal materials to maintain or improve soil organic matter content”

Soilless production systems do not comply with NOP 205.203(a-c) because tillage and cultivation practices do not maintain or improve the physical, chemical or biological condition of soil. Soilless operations do not manage fertility through the use of crop rotations or cover crops, and they do not maintain or improve soil organic matter content.

The NOP Final Rule, 205.205 “Crop rotation” states:
“The producer must implement a crop rotation including but not limited to sod, cover crops, green manure crops, and catch crops that provide the following functions that are applicable to the operation:
(a) Maintain or improve soil organic matter content;
(b) Provide for pest management in annual and perennial crops;
(c) Manage deficient or excess plant nutrients; and
(d) Provide erosion control.”

Soilless production systems do not comply with NOP 205.205, because they do not implement crop rotations to maintain or improve soil organic matter content; provide pest management; manage deficient or excess plant nutrients; or provide erosion control. Soilless systems do not comply with the crop rotation requirement, which is a cornerstone of organic production.

Finally, soilless production systems do not comply with the NOP Section 205.2 definition of “organic production” because they do not “promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity” as required by law.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Riddle
Blue Fruit Farm
Winona, MN
Former Chair, NOSB
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April 30, 2017 -

SAVE ORGANIC STANDARDS
Soil Is Soul
Soil and a plant in hands

"The big question at last week’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Denver was this: Should produce grown without soil be allowed to be certified organic?

Many defenders of organic, including OCA, say no. As Max Goldberg, of LivingMaxwell.com reports:

Organic was founded on the basis of growing plants in the soil. Period.

People buy organic because it tastes better, has superior nutrition and is optimal for the environment. And this is all the result of the rich soil in organic farms.

Despite the fact that it does have tremendous value to society, growing plants in water or container systems are just not organic. The language in the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, which was ratified by Congress, affirms this stance.

But hydroponic produce is being certified organic. Why? Money, of course, says Goldberg.

Big corporate organic interests have pressured the USDA and NOSB to allow hydroponics and other container growing systems, and at each NOSB meeting they do nothing but try to confuse members as a stall tactic."[12]

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March 27, 2017 -

"This week is our last chance! -
Comments are due by this Thursday at midnight." Please "Do it now." [11]
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March 20th, Happy Spring 2017! - "The foundation of organic agriculture is caring for the soil. The foundation of all human existence is maintaining a healthy soil community. Hydroponic production is fine, but it is the opposite of organic. One member of the NOSB has said that this debate is the most significant battle that has ever occurred in the National Organic Program. Pioneering organic farmer Eliot Coleman said that we are in danger of losing 50 years of hard fought gains in the healthy soil movement. We are literally 'losing ground.' We need to take that back. Please join us by adding your name to the petition."[9]

"If the wide earth has anywhere done better
Because of men, be sure they were good men"[10]

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December 13, 2016 -

Just received a message "Update on the Organic Soil Movement"[1] regarding "the movement to keep the soil in the organic". I support this movement the best ways that I can by posting these messages, by joining in the campaigns and by eating soil-grown foods rather than hydroponic varieties. Why do I do this? Because planet Earth and the Human Soul are soil-mates!

I have previously mentioned the fact that there is much more to food than the elements recognized by chemical science.[2]

The demand for organic foods that has steadily grown in the USA over the course of the last half century can be largely attributed to the development of Biodynamic Agriculture that began on the East Coast.

THE ORIGIN OF “ORGANIC” -

"Rudolph Steiner's concept of 'the farm as organism' was adapted in the 1940’s by the English Baron, Lord Northbourne, an agricultural science teacher at Oxford University, who, inspired by Steiner's writings, first coined the term 'organic farming.'

In the 1950’s, influenced by the rise of Biodynamic farming in Europe, the American J.I Rodale popularized the term 'organic' in his publication 'The Organic Farmer.' Like its Biodynamic forbearer, primary importance was placed on soil health, eschewing synthetic chemicals, and encouraging the use of compost, cover crops, and holistic pest and weed management. However there was a divergence from the fundamental view of the farm as organism."[3]

Although the real life-energy of food is not factored into the organic standards the medium of soil was. Soil is and always has been not only an essential component in the whole concept of organic agriculture but the very foundation of agriculture itself. "...the organic farming movement, ... began in the early part of the 20th century, pioneered by farmers and academics who were responding to obvious problems with 'modern' agriculture, such as soil erosion, depletion of soil fertility and structure, decline of livestock health caused by feed lacking quality, etc. The pioneers (Sir Albert Howard, Lady Eve Balfour, Rudolf Steiner, Jerome Irving Rodale, Aldo Leopold, William Albrecht and others) fostered the notion that the success and sustainability of farming relies on managing soil health." [7] The notion of a soil-less agriculture system is oxymoron.

Hydroponic systems lend themselves to a factory farming approach with the claim of greater efficiency (by eliminating all care for the soil) and hence more profitable than traditional organic farming. The selling points of efficiency and profit have already been addressed nearly one hundred years ago at the time that Rudolf Steiner was approached by European farmers with their concerns for the health of crops and animals suffering from depleted nutrition consequential to the chemical farming methods of the day. The need for healing in agriculture opened the door to a curative agricultural system based on the Agriculture Course of lectures that Steiner gave in the 1920s. From that time forward the perspective on "food" was enlarged upon to include healing - the healing of the earth (soil), plants, animals and Man. Yet this healing impulse has been resisted by the capitalistic impulse. In fact it's actually a market battle that has also included government. Consequently there is much that can be considered and a lot at stake and especially for the traditional organic farmers who are confronted with a formidable compromise on their organic standards. Organic farmers and the American people have relied upon these organic standards since the onset about a generation ago. The situation that exists now with the hydroponic claim to the organic label is that people do not know whether the story-bought organic tomato or organic pepper is actually soil grown or not! The difference is not required to be disclosed. Knowing the growing need for "truth in labeling" - I'm reasonably certain this non-disclosure will not continue much longer. At the very least the "consumers" will want to know.

At the same time the movement for "local" and "know your farmer" continues to grow with traditional organic farmers responding by way of farmers markets and CSA (community supported agriculture) memberships. These avenues for real organic foods will continue to flourish regardless of the "compromise" currently affecting the organic standards. Nevertheless their is a genuine crisis with regards to the USDA organic label access by hydroponic interests.

"Dave Chapman is not afraid of getting a little dirty. For the past 36 years, he’s dug his hands into the soil to plant, then pick, organic tomatoes from his fields and greenhouses in rural Vermont. His love of organics is rooted in a simple motto: “Feed the soil, not the plant.”

So when he heard that hydroponic growers were starting to obtain USDA certification that declared their crops organic, Chapman was incensed. What is organic, he wondered, without the marvel of microbes inherent in dirt?

'They try to pretend that they’re me,' he said. 'They aren’t. It’s a lie.'

Now Chapman is digging in his heels against what he calls the invasive growth of organic hydroponics, grown by farmers who use extensive watering systems and chemical nutrients. He’s pushing the USDA to, as he puts it, 'keep the soil in organic' and prevent hydroponic farmers from gaining a designation that’s become both on-trend and remarkably lucrative."[4]

"Farmer Eliot Coleman is among those who oppose giving hydroponic produce the organic label. He recently joined other farmers at a rally in Thetford, Vt. They were holding signs saying 'soil is the soul of organic.'

'As far as we're concerned,' Coleman says, 'if it's not grown in soil with all the wonderful features that soil puts into the plants, there's no way you can call it organic.'

Coleman's peers call him an 'elder of the organic movement.' ... Coleman thinks that the central principle in growing organic produce is that the farmer feeds the soil, not the plant.

Part of the legal qualification of organic farming — and, in Coleman's opinion, the label consumers have come to trust — is about the healthfulness and stewardship of the land."[5]

On Friday, November 18, 2016 the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Louis decided that "The vote on hydroponics is sent back to subcommittee, maintaining the status quo of hydroponic operations continuing to be certified."[6]
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My comment submitted at the National Geographic page:

Organic label politics vs. the origin of organic agriculture - what a contrast! Is this Shakespeare or is this Dante? The "groundless" attempted usurpation by the organic wannabes shows no respect for where organic agriculture comes from. These "pirates" need their own label. Let them have a black flag with skull and crossbones![8]
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May 13, 2017 - Not "Hydroponic" But A Related Threat To Organic Agriculture.

Posted the following comment in response to "An Organic Farm Under Threat"[15]:

The "organic standard" could be raised higher still (i.e. Biodynamic). In any case the "weeds" could be indicating an imbalance in the soil and responded to at that level. Possibly more importantly is the legal status of the farm in relation to the State of Oregon. Is the farm incorporated or is there any nexus with the state? If so then I personally would dissolve the nexus. (I'd also post "no trespassing" signs.)[14]

The above mentioned "threat" can be seen from at least three perspectives or in light of three spheres of influence: Rights Sphere, Economic Sphere and Social/Spiritual Sphere.

Apparently the local county government has threatened to take action upon the farm after not receiving an acceptable response from the farm. That is one issue that needs to be cleared/upgraded by the farm.

One of the comments (at [14]) suggested another issue: "It may be about eliminating competition/expanding markets." I would love to see a community-supported Law Firm (based on the Organic Laws) launch a lawful discovery process to investigate what all has motivated the county to threaten this farm.

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May 18, 2017 - Some Good News from Azure - the "Organic Farm Under Threat" (in the post of May 13th).

My comment:

Congratulations Azure!
Cheers for your farm and for virtually all Organic Agriculture.
I'm glad the farm has been spared from chemical spraying.
I hope all future conversations with the governmental agency will stay on this course.

Nevertheless - I still continue to think that changing the status of one's relationship with governmental agencies is worth considering. Yes, we have the land to steward and we also have our quintessential freedoms that require our vigilance for preserving - most essentially being the Unalienable Right to be free of government - just as was declared with the first American Organic Law: The Declaration of Independence.[i] It's great to "win" a negotiable conversation however that does not change the status of the individual's relationship with governmental agencies.

[i] And affirmed in the second Organic Law: The Articles of Confederation where you will find the status of "free inhabitant".[16]

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May 19th, 2017 -

Just added this comment to "Plant Your Dream" by Leslie Goldman (also at CureZone):

Dr. Carolyn Dean - (The "Goddess of Magnesium" author of "The Magnesium Miracle"[17]) developed a superior magnesium product (that doesn't risk diarrhea) and knows (probably better than most doctors) the vital necessity for minerals - especially with magnesium at the top of the list! We have lost the magnesium in our soils and that includes virtually all the organic farms! We need magnesium added back to the farm lands. Carolyn say that can be accomplished by adding rock dust to the soils.

Are any of our local (San Diego County) farmers adding rock dust to their soils? If so I'd like to know who and support them!

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June 18, 2017 - "How Biodynamic Farming Spawned Organic Farming"[18]

Wise Traditions Journal had featured an article on the history of organic Agriculture (some years ago) that apparently overlooked the Biodynamic "spawning". That article inspired me to research the history and offer a "letter to the editor" with my findings. I will have to unpack my archives to find both the article and this research. I can say in this moment that I had consulted with Andrew Lorand[19]. Fortunately I had hardly started to prepare for this unpacking of "archives" yet not anticipating this particular mission. Now I have some enthusiasm! ; ~ )

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September 1, 2017 -

The above message of the essence of organic agriculture extends to dairy farming where we find two milks. The first milk has always (for untold thousands of years) been produced by animals feeding upon their natural diet and for cows that food is in the pasture. The milk was consumed whole and in its natural state (AKA raw). The other milk first came into existence only about two hundred years ago and introduced a diet to the cows consiting of brewery waste that made the animals sick and produced "swill milk".

"Official attitudes toward raw milk hardened during the colossal twentieth-century growth of American dairying. The product became more flavorless and anonymous as more drastic processing (including homogenization, which destroys the cream layer of milk) became standard. Consumers and health authorities alike forgot that one farm’s milk might ever have tasted better or worse than another’s—universal knowledge when herds were comparatively small and elite dairies boasted of using the milk of 'Golden Guernsey' or 'All-Jersey' cows. Meanwhile, the training of milk-safety inspectors came to focus on commercial facilities, where sanitary compliance could be measured by fairly standardized formulas . By contrast, milk was produced under more diverse conditions a century ago, and regulators were used to figuring in variables that had now dropped from memory."[20]

Pastures are soil-based. Pastured milk is the quintessential organic milk. The feeding of organic grains to cows is absolutely contrary to a cow's natural diet and therefore does not deserve to be called "organic milk" as it is missing the pasture!

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December 8, 2017 -

Just posted the following comment at the Weston A. Price.org site[23] after reconnecting with their article on the history of organic farming.

A history of Organic Agriculture is certainly needed as a guiding reference in regards to the vital essential principles upon which the truly organic form of agriculture is based. The Hydroponic industry is clamoring for organic certification under the current U.S. standards – much to the protest of traditional organic farmers and growers. And rightly so as traditionally “organic” not only required soil – it also required cultivating soil fertility! The Hydroponic method has nothing to do with cultivating soil fertility because soil is not included in the method.

Organic agriculture standards are in need of reinforcement. Can this history of “Organic Farming” help? I honestly do not know. However, we may need to consider that if organic standards will not be strengthened then what are our options?

One option is to go Biodynamic. Biodynamics predates organic agriculture.

“In 1924, Steiner (noted scientist, philosopher, and founder of the Waldorf School) held a series of eight lectures for a group of European farmers, who had approached him because they were observing a rapid decline in seed fertility, crop vitality and animal health on their farms.[i] …

In 1928, following Steiner’s agricultural lectures, Demeter (named for the Greek goddess of agriculture) was formed in Europe to promote Biodynamic farming, initiating the first publicly organized promotion of “sustainable” agriculture. A certification system, defined by rigorous farming and processing standards, was implemented, making Demeter the very first ecological label for organically produced foods.”[ii]

The organic standards have been on a decline over the past couple decades and before hydroponics began seeking the coveted certification. On the other hand Biodynamic practices and certification have remained intact, firmly grounded in soil fertility without the compromises that have affected the U.S. organic standards.

Another option to the decline of organic standards is to know your organic grower and their practices. That might require multiple visits, ideally spontaneous!

[i] http://www.demeter-usa.org/about-demeter/demeter-history.asp
[ii] BIODYNAMIC® AGRICULTURE • AT A GLANCE 1/12/12 by demeter-usa.org
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Just discovered the "missing link" between Biodynamic and Organic agriculture! The following is a nugget form the report:

"In the period from 1924 to 1938 the name ‘bio-dynamic’ was evolved and the practices were tested and formalized. Pfeiffer’s book Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening was the ‘coming of age’ as well as the ‘coming-out’ of bio-dynamics. The book was published in 1938 in at least five languages: English (Pfeiffer, 1938a); Dutch (Pfeiffer, 1938b); German (Pfeiffer, 1938c); French (Pfeiffer, 1938d); and Italian (Pfeiffer, 1938e).

Steiner had presented his Agriculture Course on a single occasion in the summer of 1924; a few months later on 28 September he entirely withdrew from public life due to illness; and he died on 30 March 1925 (Collison, 1925; Whitehead, 2010). His injunction to the Koberwitz group had been to put his ideas to the test, and, when there were empirical results to share the proven practices with the world. Pfeiffer took on that mission and it became his life’s work.

Lord Northbourne (1896-1982) published Look to the Land in 1940 a book in which he coined the term ‘organic farming’. The book was a manifesto of organic farming, and he wrote of the contest of “organic versus chemical farming” (p.81). Northbourne’s terminology of ‘organic farming’ was promptly adopted internationally. Jerome Rodale published the first ‘organic’ journal, Organic Farming and Gardening, in the USA in 1942. The Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society was founded in Sydney in 1944 (Paull, 2008). Eve Balfour (1943) quoted Northbourne’s book extensively in her best selling book The Living Soil. Composting advocate, Albert Howard (1944), adopted the ‘organic’ terminology as did Pfeiffer (1952)."

There is more to this history that one will need to read to be fully convinced that "Lord Northbourne" got Biodynamics from Pfeiffer as of "1-9 July 1939".[24]
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August 8, 2018 - Letter To Dave Chapman -

Greetings Dave!

Thank you very much for all of your “letters”! I read them with the deepest appreciation for each and every participants in the Real Organic Project! This project is the most rousing initiative that I believe I’ve seen (since I was first introduced to organic agriculture about forty years ago)! Although I don’t have money to contribute I am giving my support in the form of blogging your letters at CureZone.

What you have presented regarding Sonny Perdue speaks to an additional interest that I have and that I often see potentially intersecting with the challenges that real organic farming faces with government. I’m in my sixth year as a student of Dr. Ed Rivera’s course {in The Organic Laws Institute (OLI)[30]}. Ed Rivera is a well-acknowledged leading professor of the Organic Laws of the United States of America. I became Professor Rivera’s student out of a conviction that identifying government's Lawful limited jurisdiction was most essential for me in order to support farmers whom I saw threatened and coerced by government. Prior to my enrollment at OLI I also had a number of years of experience as an independent researcher which allowed me to experience many validations of understanding as I worked through the lessons in the Organic Laws.

I agree with your question: “What is he talking about?” I think it would be good to present that to Sonny (even though I actually do imagine what he was referring to).

You wrote: “My response is that if Perdue doesn’t believe in democracy, he probably ought to move somewhere else.”

I’d like to know what your basis is for referring to “democracy”. I’m familiar with the government school’s teaching of democracy however I don’t see it referred to in the Organic Laws. I’d like to know the place that “democracy” has in Lawful government for the United States of America. Your reference/s on this will be appreciated!

Thank you for considering my inquiry!

I am wishing you the very best success in all aspects of the project!

Warm regards,

~Chef Jemichel
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October 14, 2018 - About 66 Days Later -

No reply from "Dave" as of yet. I'm inspired now to make the point of my response and inquiry (that I had presented to Dave in the above "letter") more clear concerning his reference to "democracy". The following may serve as a start toward greater clarity:

Our fifty nation-states are each owed a "republican" form of government. Note the difference: "republican" (feminine) versus "republic" (masculine) in Latin.

There is no doubt that the Founders who were schooled in both Greek and Latin said exactly what they meant.

Their purpose was to describe the government owed to our soil jurisdiction states as opposed to the "democracy" adopted by the British Territorial Government and the oligarchy of The Roman Republic.

The only "Republic" even remotely related to our Government was the Municipal Government of Rome --- The Roman Republic, under which auspices the District of Columbia owed its aegis.

Thus, there is no American "Republic" related to our lawful government nor any American Government for "which it stands" and never was; except for the distant and intended-to-be minor authority of the now-defunct Roman Pontificate within the District of Columbia, which is, itself, foreign to our government "of the people, for the people, and by the people".

Similarly, except for the British Territorial Government, there has never been a "democracy" here, either.

...

And we are not "a" Republic. And we are not a "democracy". Not now, not ever.

When people ignorantly or with purpose to deceive talk about "The Republic" we take exception to the deceit and when they insist on prattling about "democracy" -- which is an evil form of government our ancestors decried and avoided like the Plague, we hold our noses and try to be diplomatic.

However, in this instance with the Rothschild Empire trying to front both a bogus "Republic" that is billing itself as a "democracy" and the Council of Cardinals milling about wondering what to make of all this, we feel compelled to make our grievances public and explicit.

The actual government of this country is not a Republic and not a democracy--- and never has been either one.[32]
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Re: "the government owed to our soil jurisdiction states" - I find the phrase: "soil jurisdiction" most interesting and in a kind of synergy with: "the soil basis for true organic agriculture!" Both true "self-government" and true organic agriculture are soil-based! The soil is a real, tangible and most essential basis in and for these two spheres. One sphere has the soil as the basis for living culture the other for Rights. "Democracy" is certainly not soil-based! It is a parasite that eats away at the substance in both the Cultural Sphere and the Rights Sphere.
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Notes:

[1] http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=49b011e822aefbbeb68709181&id=0618ebabee&e=d273047ed0

Also see: http://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/about-us

[2] See the "September 15, 2016" post at: http://www.curezone.org/Blogs/fm.asp?i=1576391

And especially the "September 12" post at:
http://www.curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2315901

[3] http://www.demeter-usa.org/downloads/Demeter-At-A-Glance.pdf

[4] https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/11/12/organic-farmers-fight-usda-defend-their-turf/hatKOH0ClfmbqyMMwemHBJ/story.html#comments

[5] http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/11/16/502330731/some-growers-say-organic-label-will-be-watered-down-if-it-extends-to-hydroponic?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20161116&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare

[6] https://www.cornucopia.org/2016/11/follow-national-organic-standards-board-meeting-st-louis-mo-nosb/

[7] MOFGA+Hydroponics+Comments+Fall+2016.pdf

[8] http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/11/is-soil-grown-food-fundamental-to-the-organic-label-/

[9] http://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org

[10] http://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/single-post/2015/11/17/If-He-Can-Make-Her-So-by-Haniel-Long

[11] http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=49b011e822aefbbeb68709181&id=7306721f8f&e=d273047ed0

[12] https://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/organic-bytes-548-dows-dastardly-deeds

[13] http://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/jim-riddle-nosb-testmony

[14] http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/tenant-farmers-oregon-plans-douse-azure-standard-organic-farm-pesticide/189292#comment-1161059

[15] https://hl.azurestandard.com/healthy-living/info/azure-farm-moro/?utm_source=Azure%20Drop%20Coordinators&utm_campaign=5d6b1677ff-AZUREFARM&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1953aadeee-5d6b1677ff-95749885&goal=0_1953aadeee-5d6b1677ff-95749885

[16] https://vimeo.com/217945829?outro=1&ref=fb-share

[17] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ODEPY4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

[18] https://www.ediblenm.com/how-biodynamic-farming-spawned-organic-farming-the-city-with-the-golden-garbage-a-north-american-biodynamic-conference-in-santa-fe/

[19] https://drlorand.wordpress.com

[20] “'In Bacteria Land': The Battle over Raw Milk" by Anne Mendelson
Source: Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 35-43
Published by: University of California Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/gfc.2011.11.1.35.

[21] https://next7.org/sign-the-petition/?link_id=4&can_id=cebfcc80acde27b17aa033d1a0c89abe&source=email-does-this-look-organic-to-you-6&email_referrer=email_253963&email_subject=does-this-look-organic-to-you

[22] "Securing fresh food from fertile soil, challenges to the organic and raw milk movements" by Joseph R. Heckman;
Department of Plant Biology Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901, USA:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/renewable-agriculture-and-food-systems/article/securing-fresh-food-from-fertile-soil-challenges-to-the-organic-and-raw-milk-movements/18325E375E068A538E07EF4E6F6ABA22/core-reader

The following is an extended quote regarding soil fertility from this paper (linked above)
:
"Policy impacts on soil fertility, sustainability and health

The pioneers of the organic farming movement placed great emphasis on health in connection with soil fertility. Howard (1943), for example, wrote of a ‘great linkage between the soil, the plant and the animal.’ and furthermore declared that ‘Soil fertility is the basis of the public health system of the future’ (Howard, 1972). The authors (Baars et al., 2015) of the book on Producing Fresh Milk, The Cow Edition would agree with the organic farming concept that mineral-rich fertile soils are one of a large number of factors promoting healthy dairy animals and enhanced quality fresh unprocessed whole milk.

Albert Howard (1972) was also very much cognizant of the function of livestock on soil fertility when he wrote that ‘Mother nature never farms without live stock….’ Cows as part of the farm ecosystem are effective transformers of relatively low nutrient density forages into nutrient-rich foods with fat-soluble vitamins, proteins and energy-dense fats (Heckman, 2015). On dairy farms, there is a flow of soil fertility through the cow (Bear, et al., 1946). Although cows do extract a fraction of the minerals from their feed to make milk, the larger fraction of the minerals contained in feeds and forages are recycled back to the land through manure application.

Pasture-based dairy farming systems are one of the most effective ways to build soil organic matter content and soil fertility in general (Heckman, 2015). This organic fraction of the soil is a valuable storehouse for carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and other plant nutrients. Pastures under organic management are ideally a mixed stand of legumes and grasses. This diverse mix enables a farm to be self-sufficient in nitrogen. This biologically captured nitrogen as part of a well-designed crop rotation is supportive of an entire organic farming operation. In this way, pasture and perennial forage crops are foundational attributes of an effective organic farm plan.

Whether organic milk from a dairy farm is provided directly to consumers as fresh milk or as pasteurized milk makes little difference in terms of how soil fertility functions on the farm. However, milk policy can have a huge influence on the number, size and distribution of dairy farms and thereby sustainable soil fertility.

Dairy farms in the business of providing fresh milk directly to consumers are typically smaller operations with a local community of patrons. These dairy operations employ many organic farming practices. This is in large part due to the preferences of fresh milk consumers for organic production systems, especially pasture feeding. A recent study (van Asselt et al., 2015) on dairy farming in the Netherlands concluded that ‘raw organic milk is more sustainable than pasteurized organic milk’ and furthermore that ‘it is also more sustainable than pasteurized conventional milk due to a higher revenue’. Where policy supports production and trade in fresh milk, more farmers are likely to enter the business of producing fresh milk. Thus, more pasture-based dairy farms would contribute to more land area under sustainable soil fertility management."

[23] https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/farm-ranch/a-history-of-organic-farming-transitions-from-sir-albert-howards-war-in-the-soil-to-the-usda-national-organic-program/

[24] http://orgprints.org/19511/1/Paull2011BetteshangerJOS.pdf

[25] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up2Z38rnie8

[26] https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/11/demand-real-organic-food-real-organic-farmers/

[27] https://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-and-Environment/topsoil-loss-zmaz80mjzraw

[28]
http://www.betterhealththruresearch.com/document264.htm

[29] https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/controversial-ruling-says-organic-crops-don-t-have-grow-soil

[30] http://organiclaws.org/welcome-organic-laws-institute/

[31] https://mailchi.mp/realorganicproject/real-organic-project-may-update-reminder-255927?e=7d4d4bfab2

[32] http://www.paulstramer.net/2018/10/stop-talking-about-republic-there-isnt.html

[33] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op3J5GFmfzo&feature=youtu.be

[34] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Coleman

[35] First book: "An Agricultural Testament" by Sir Albert Howard, Oxford University Press, 1940.
This is the book that started the organic farming and gardening revolution, the result of Howard's 25 years of research at Indore in India. The essence of organics is brilliantly encapsulated in the Introduction, which begins: "The maintenance of the fertility of the soil is the first condition of any permanent system of agriculture." ... Excellent on the relationship between soil, food and health.:

Second book: "Farming and Gardening for Health or Disease" (The Soil and Health):
http://journeytoforever.org/farm_link2.html

[36] Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDA) -- "Based on a series of lectures given by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924, Biodynamics is a method of agriculture which seeks to actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. It is the oldest non-chemical agricultural movement, predating the organic agriculture movement by some 20 years and has now spread throughout the world."
http://www.biodynamics.com/:
http://journeytoforever.org/farm_link2.html

[37] https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/10/organic-industry-watchdog-shuffles-leadership-squares-off-with-powerful-lobbyists/

[38] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QB7mKYFvwY

[39] https://organicinsider.com
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Related: "Scientific Evidence For Biodynamic Food":
https://www.curezone.org/Blogs/fm.asp?i=1576391
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USDA, organic label, hydroponic, organic agriculture, biodynamics, rudolf steiner, soil, soilless systems, Soil Fertility, soil quality, organic farms, organic laws, pasture-based dairies, traditional food, traditional farming, Biodynamic Food, republic, democracy
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