Definition of Organic
Definitions of Organic in the context of Cultivation of Organic Marijuana
The big discussion worldwide in the growth of marijuana awareness is how to define the properties that define ‘organic marijuana’. We at OrganicMarijuana.com have had numerous discussions with scientists and horticulturalists and have decided to through this topic into the ring for review.
With all the editorial team being big advocates, and consumers of organic food and products as a way of life, organic marijuana is a brainer – why would you ever consume a product that is produced with chemical compounds to make it grow faster or to keep insects away when you can achieve the same result without nasty additives.
Additives that individually or collectively have a range of side effects from headaches to allergic reactions to creation of serious illness.
Many proponents of organic marijuana start with the basic assumption that in order to be called organic then it must be grown in soil and in the sun. We of course believe that this is an excellent manner, however let’s look and see how organic is defined by various independent sources and see if we can find a common thread that is perhaps a little more inclusive in its approach.
According to Dictionary.com, organic farming or organic fruits is described as ‘Pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers or pesticides of animal or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals”.
Oxford Dictionary describes organic as “… of food or farming methods) produced of involving the production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals ‘organic farming, organic meat.”
We find this from Merriam-Webster Dictionary “(1): … of, relating to; or derived from living organisms organic evolution (2): of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without the employment of chemically formulated fertilizers , growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides…”
Whilst Collins Dictionary defines organic in terms of an adjective thus “Organic methods of farming and gardening use only natural animal and plant products to help the plants or animals grow and be healthy, rather than using chemicals.” The synonyms from Collins Dictionary: pesticide-free, natural, chemical-free, additive-free.
We then look at what Wikipedia has to say on the subject of organic farming. “…. It relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost, manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cropping and the fostering of insect predators are encouraged. In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances while prohibiting or strictly limiting synthetic substances. For instance, naturally occurring pesticides such as pyrethrin and rotenone are permitted, while synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are generally prohibited.
Now you can see some similarities that we also found interesting, in all of the definitions from the sources mentioned above, nowhere did it say that organic characteristics dictate that matter must be cultivated under the sun or in the earth.
This makes a good deal of common sense because how else could you have an organic fish farm if you are required by definition to grow in soil? Or how could you grow mushrooms if you are to cultivate them in the sunshine? You can see where we are going with this right?
The discussion on what constitutes organic marijuana is becoming a political and economic hotbed with many parties putting up their hands saying that only they can determine and certify organic cannabis.
We have seen cannabis cultivated in water and have seen symbiotic systems which use fish to fertilize the plants. Systems that do not use any fertilizers or pest control apart from that found in nature and that produce beautiful organic clean marijuana.
This topic will no doubt inspire much debate and we are sure that many valid points of view will come forth.