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How do YOU define organic?

  • Not using anything synthetic, but anything that is natural

    Votes: 4 44.4%
  • Mixing the use of natural and synthetic products

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Trying to only use things that are earth and people sustainable

    Votes: 6 66.7%
  • Using things that are safer then chemicals

    Votes: 0 0.0%
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ok folks, as we know it is increasingly difficult to define organics. Even people in this forum say they do not know it's definition anymore. So I was wondering how you would define organics.

If you would be so kind as to post your response to both questions...

What is organic to you?

How do you think the organic community defines organic.

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Organic = Carbon

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I have to say that if its carbon and unadulterated, that's organic. to follow that in an organic land care setting "gras" should follow with that, we don't need any snake venom, or amanita.

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What is “ORGANIC”?
In chemistry, any molecule that contains a carbon atom is
organic. NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, uses
a different meaning of organic, in reference to food, farming, and
now land care. By organic, CT-Mass NOFA Organic Land Care
Committee means that no synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers
or other synthetic soil amendments are used and that land care
practices will take into account the local ecosystem, benefiting the
whole web of life.

While there are federal regulations defining standards for organic
farming, there are no legal definitions or standards for organic land
care. Land care or landscaping consists of many different elements.
Lawns, gardens, specimen trees, shrubs and natural areas are all
landscaping. Land care also includes different
activities such as installing new plants, maintaining
existing ones, and removing diseased, dying or
undesirable plants. The CT-Mass NOFA Organic
Land Care Committee has taken the same
stringent principles and standards that govern
organic food production and applied them to the
entire landscape, creating the Standards for
Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and
Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes (2001).

A primary principle of organic land care is to DO NO HARM.
Another principle is to grow the RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT
PLACE. Plant health depends on the plant growing in healthy soil
appropriate to its needs. Following these principles protects and
enhances natural ecosystems while substantially reducing the need
for inputs such as fertilizer, pest controls and labor.

There is no easy way to put it, that's why NOFA has a list of standards, It may be more strict than what most believe, but it's been well thought through and they have reasons for everything.
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