At One Straw, the plastic film used on just 30 productive acres in one year would stretch 36 miles in a straight line. Bigger organic operations like Lady Moon Farms, with farms in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida, spread it over thousands of acres. And when the season is over, it ends up in landfills.
BASF, the agrochemical giant, has been sending representatives to NOSB meetings to argue for the use of its product, Ecovio, a popular biodegradable plastic mulch used by farmers around the world, in certified organic farming. It said a study published in 2018 shows that the product fully biodegrades.
William Bronson wrote:
I'm building 3'x3' panels from heat treated pallet boards.
I'm leaving the nails in and holding them together with staples.
My lot is not beefing friendly anyway, and I expect most steel to corrode away before it gets loose in the soil.
Their backs will be layered with cardboard, maybe as much as an inch thick.
the plastic needs to be removed at the end of the season. Whether the farmer recycles, reuses, or chucks into the ocean this plastic is not the issue here. The issue is whether or not we're willing to pay an even greater premium for produce that is more aligned with our superior permie values. Would a more fitting yet less click-baitey title be "Organic farmers being forced to abuse plastic resources to even attempt to compete with conventional farmers"? It's a lot easier to spray sevin or whatever, but if we want carrots for <$1/lb. we shouldn't expect them to come from a hugel-polyculture.
(c)Weed problems may be controlled through: (6)Plastic or other synthetic mulches: Provided, That, they are removed from the field at the end of the growing or harvest season.
William Bronson wrote:
Is that enough? Cellophane comes from woodfibers, and, will eventually return to the earth, but creating it requires toxic carbon disulfide.
Maybe cellophane, blackened with added carbon particles would be a good plastic substitute.
Despite plastic being allowed, for the Normans, that mulch compromised the integrity of the farming they otherwise did with great dedication to environmental stewardship. They were sending four dumpsters of plastic mulch, equal to 45 miles of it, to the landfill each year.