EPISODE 256: Organics, Aquaponics & Hydroponics

What does “organic” labeling really mean? If I ask five Yoga Talk Show listeners, I’ll get five different answers. And new growing methods stack complexity on complexity with hydroponics and aquaponics now falling under “organic” certification as well. On this week’s show, we’ll unpack certification, and more interesting still, we’ll look at various growing techniques in detail and speculate on the future of food.

Listen in to learn:

  • Why the term “organic” is owned and controlled by USDA
  • Why organic food can have non-organic certified fertilizer
  • How universal organic regulations really only began in 2002
  • Why chemical farming kills the bacteria in the soil (hence 3 year waiting period for conversion to organic)
  • Why aquaponics is not new and has been around forever in various forms
  • How aquapoanics uses 80% less water than conventional farming
  • How aquaponics produces both fish and short grow cycle edible vegetables

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Ro is the cofounder and co-owner of A Bee, a certification agency responsible for ensuring that USDA organic products meet the NOP organic standard. Ro has an interest in all things sustainable and serves as the director of the open-use nonprofit “I’m In Community”.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

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