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  • Community Manager's picture
    Community Manager
    02.10.2014
    @NorthernShamrock Thanks for pointing out the link--it is being updated. In the meantime, you can access it here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop.
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    northernshamrock
    02.04.2014
    When I try to go to the link included above I get an error--that the page has expired or no longer exists. Can you please update the link or provide additional information that outline the standards for organic production? Thanks.
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    achood4mu
    08.22.2013
    @rickinreallife - Great comments. I agree that it's too bad that for many people if you are pro-organic, you must be anti-GM and vice versa. There are good agricultural practices that can be learned for all different types of farming. In full disclosure, I work for Monsanto. Many of us at our company really try to see both "sides" of the story, but sometimes it feels like there's no one listening from the "other side" Again, great comment.
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    Rickinreallife
    08.21.2013
    I'm not as prepared as AgrSci1 to condemn organic agriculture as a fraud or scam. Organic growers I know for the most part are genuinely interested in producing a qualify product in a manner that emphasizes building soil capacity and applying non-chemical means to address agronomic problems like pests and weeds, erosion, soil nutrient depletion, drought and extreme weather, etc. that confront any agricutural system. Like anything, it has is pros and cons in terms of its success in overcoming these problems. What I find most unproductive is the insistance on the false dichotomy that agriculture is at either one or the other extreme, organic or industrial. I believe it is more accurate and helpful to envision all farms as lying somewhere on a spectrum of intensity of production and in the incorporation of agricultural technology. Many techniques that we associate with organic like crop rotation, cover crops, no-till etc. are not exclusive to organic but are utilized on conventional farms as well. The issue isn't whether we can have either agronomically sound practices or biotech or any other agricultural technology, it is a matter of integrating technologies such as biotech in a manner that enhances and supports sound agronomic pricinciples. To feed the world's population, we need to find ways to achieve the productivity that comes with intensive agricultural systems while minimizing resource demands and environmental harms. I think it is understandible that anti-GMO skeptics question the value of biotech if its percieved, or is actually employed, to abet monocultural industrial practices. I think however, that such skeptics may overlook that biotech traits made available to agriculture can and have been employed in a manner that has enabled the practical and economic integration of other positive agronomic techniques, and that future biotech innovations can help us achieve both productivity goals and sound resource management.
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    AgrSci1
    08.21.2013
    Organic farming is mosly a marketing scam that plays on people's fears.
    Be aware that organic farmers do use pesticides approved for their use. It is amusing that the pesticides conventional farmers use are organic molecules that will degrade, but some of the pesticides used by organic farmers (iron sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate) are inorganic molecules and could be in the environment for years. (But don’t worry, they won’t harm you. Unlike organic fanatics, I’ll be honest about the real risks involved.) I believe that many organic crop production rules also allow the use of nicotine-insecticides, which are organic molecules.)
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