Soil-less in Scandinavia undermines EU Organic credibility

Reports of soil-less production in organic glasshouses in Scandinavia and the EU’s seemingly tolerant position have raised a number of questions whilst the new EU Regulation on organic production (834/2007) shows a number of clear references to the fact that plants must be raised in soil and that soil properties and biodiversity should be preserved and enhanced and remembering that definitions of soil all state in more or less detail that it is part of or attached to the surface of the Earth, so the facts are that the only logical conclusion is that soil-less cannot and should not be allowed in organic systems and this is also important in the maintenance of consumer confidence and harmonised perceptions across the EU, because the failure if member states and the EU Commission to stop this practice may damage the credibility of the regulatory process.

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