How the hydroponics industry is undermining everything the organic farming movement stands for
Since 1984, Dave Chapman has been growing organic tomatoes at his Vermont-based Long Wind Farm. Until recently, he was content to keep his nose to the grind stone. But then, a few years ago, he started to notice something different about the organic tomatoes at all the grocery stores he visited: They were almost all hydroponically grown, and almost all were coming from just a few large companies.
Surely, he thought, this must be an oversight, since hydroponics had been banned since 2010. He started petitioning, digging and talking to figure out what this was all about. The hornets nest that hes since dug up has become one of the most controversial issues in the organic industry. With deep integrity, Dave has been leading the charge to keep the soil in organic through rallies, presentations and public education.