Statements from Supporting Organizations
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA)
We are the Board of Directors of the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA). We represent the producer, processor, and handler members of the Organic Crop Improvement Association International. OCIA functions in the United States as a network of chapter and direct members, and as a USDA National Organic Program accredited certification agency (ACA), that provides certification services to more than 9,000 people in North, Central, and South America, as well as Asia.
This is a letter sent to the USDA by European Parliament member Lidia Senra Rodriguez documenting the current EU position that hydroponics have no place in organic. Efforts are underway to exclude the small amount of hydroponic production currently allowed in the Scandinavian countries so that standards are aligned across Europe. There are also efforts being made to renegotiate the trade treaty with the US in order to exclude USDA certified hydro from being imported as organic to the EU. Click here to read the full letter.
We have received many statements of support for keeping the soil in organic growing. Over 1600 people have signed the petitions. These are just a few of their voices.