The challenge of organically grown produce
Organic tomatoes are grown in soil and nourished with compost. By comparison, hydroponic tomatoes are cultivated in a substrate that supplies plants with liquid chemical fertilizers to add flavour to the fruit. In organically grown produce, the exchange of nutritive elements and energy between the soil and the tomato plants gives the fruit the characteristics that are sought after in terms of natural taste and smell.
As knowledge develops and as productivity improves, the greatest challenge for organic greenhouse producers is market and consumer recognition for the particularities of organic production. The price of certified organic produce is justified when one considers all the requirements that must be attained to ensure that a product passes from the soil to the consumer’s table.