The debate encompassing whether vertical farming can be considered organic continues to intrigue agricultural enthusiasts. While regulations and certifications vary across different regions, at Vertiseed Farms, the team strives to push the boundaries of what's possible.
"Join us as we delve into the complexities of organic certification in vertical farming and shed light on our commitment to sustainable and organic growing practices," the team shares on their website.
Organic growing practices in vertical farming
Organic agriculture has gained popularity due to its focus on high-quality crops and minimizing environmental impact. Vertiseed Farms recognizes the significance of organic practices and their positive influence on consumer choices and carbon footprint reduction.
In vertical farming, soil is replaced with advanced systems such as hydroponics, aeroponics, or aquaponics. The absence of soil eliminates the need for harmful synthetic chemicals, as biotic and abiotic factors are controlled within the indoor environment. This allows us to grow crops without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides and eliminates the risk of soil and water contamination.
Sustainable practices and environmental impact
Vertiseed Farms prioritizes environmental responsibility by implementing sustainable practices at every step. We collect and reuse rainwater and water released by biological processes, minimizing water consumption. Furthermore, our farms utilize natural light combined with LED systems powered by renewable energy sources, reducing our carbon footprint.
Certified organic vs. organically grown
Certified organic products carry a distinct seal, indicating compliance with government regulations. However, the requirements for organic certification vary among countries. While some regions allow vertical farms to obtain organic certification, others exclude them due to the absence of soil.
Organically grown products, on the other hand, follow organic techniques but may not have official certification. These products rely on natural fertilizers, organic seeds, and sustainable soil management techniques such as crop rotation. Consumers must trust the farmers and brands to ensure the absence of harmful synthetic chemicals.
Regional organic certification rules
Different regions have distinct organic certification requirements. In the United States, vertical farms can obtain organic certification by adhering to strict guidelines, including the use of organic seeds, prohibition of certain substances, and enhanced soil health practices. However, the European Union currently excludes vertical farms from organic certification due to the emphasis on soil-based farming. Singapore stands as an exception in Asia, allowing organic certification for local vertical farms.
"At Vertiseed Farms, we are committed to organic practices regardless of official certification. Our emphasis on sustainable methods, elimination of synthetic chemicals, and optimization of resources aligns with the core principles of organic farming. By prioritizing organic seeds, responsible water usage, and renewable energy sources, we produce organic-quality crops while minimizing environmental impact."
While regulations regarding organic certification in vertical farming may vary, Vertiseed Farms remains dedicated to sustainable and organic growing practices. "Our commitment to eliminating harmful synthetic chemicals, optimizing resource utilization, and promoting environmental stewardship ensures that our crops are of the highest quality and in harmony with nature."