<< I like : The Codex Proposed Draft Guidelines for the Production,
Processing, Labeling and Marketing of Organically Produced
Foods, Alinorm 97/22A, define organic agriculture as: "A holistic production
management system which promotes and
enhances agroecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and
soil biological activity. It emphasizes the
use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs. This
is accomplished by using, where possible,
cultural, biological and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic
materials, to fulfil any specific function
within the system. >>
My question is: is this definition actionable? The proposed definition that I
posted is based on a standard for crop/livestock quality.There is no way that
you can meet this standard unless you are using the methods defined above.
Rather than debate the acceptable inputs and methods that may or may not meet
organic farming standards, I am proposing that we let the outputs from the
farm determine whether the inputs and methods are compatible with the
definition that you have quoted.
Alan Ismond, P.Eng.
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