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Organic Farming: Supporting Factory Farms?

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Organic Farming: Supporting Factory Farms?

If you’re truly interested in organic (i.e. ecological and healthy) alternatives to chemical fertilizers, then it’s time to start scrutinizing organic growing practices and store-bought fertilizers a bit more carefully.

When you bite into an earthy organic tomato you may not be thinking about blood, bone, feces, fish sludge and antibiotics, but you should be. These “fertilizers” and the hidden chemicals inside are commonly used in organic farming and their environmental and ethical implications make them far from sustainable soil amendments.

I am by no means suggesting that we do away with “organic farming” and give the chemical companies a stronger strangle hold on the market than they already have. But it’s time that we ask these “green” growers to live up to their hype and grow sustainably and ethically with stock-free, vegan-organic methods. What does that mean? And why is veganic agriculture important?


Next: What chemicals are found in organic fertilizers? How are stock-free methods more sustainable?

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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12:26PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

scary, thanks for sharing

11:57AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Never thought about it, thanks for the info.

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5:40AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

By supporting Green Giant, you're supporting Monsanto and eating GMO the very least!

Please stop supporting Monsanto before they destroy our food supply with their genetic tampering!

9:26PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Super info .. thank you!

5:45PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Victoria Pitchford, I would have to agree to your remarks about the price of Organic produce.
I must also admit that I am guilty of the practice. Yet, I am not the one who started the practice, but we arrived at a place that if we did not offer the organic produce at the elevated price, many people would wonder if was truly organic.
What word comes to mind, perhaps, Crazy. You would be right.

We grow in Aquaponics, the initial outlay for production is somewhat high, but the yield is much higher than that of in ground production. We do not see the inherent health safety issues with regard to Salmonella, E-Coli, Listeria and no hormones.

In our "Industry", we have many regulations, or as we have often cited, we are expected to jump through hoops...No, they set the hoops aflame. Just another day in Paradise.
God speed.

11:47AM PST on Nov 26, 2011


If anyone buys Green Giant products they are supporting the 1%.

3:31PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

It's definitely much better to use plant based fertilizers instead of those coming from animals in terms of the use of land and water and food.

10:18PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Buy from neighboring farms.

11:18PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

thanks for the article - enlightening!

12:58AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Never thought about it, thanks for the info.

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