Group educates lawmakers on need for organic HLB research

07/30/2014 10:30:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

The Organic CenterThe organic industry took to Capitol Hill to educate staff members from more than a dozen congressional offices about the need to find organic methods to fight citrus greening.

Jessica Shade, director of science programs for the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Center, explained the importance of research into the disease, also known as huanglongbing or HLB, on July 29.

“Citrus greening is not just an organic problem, and this research is not just for organic growers,” she said in a news release. “This disease is threatening both organic and conventional citrus growers. But many of the non-organic methods being used to fight it are proving to be not only inadequate, but pose dangerous risks to the environment and human health. The solutions we find for organic can be used by all.”

The center has launched a multi-year study to find organic ways to treat greening-infected trees and to prevent infection from occurring.

It has partnered with industry members, academics and other non-profits in the effort as well as sponsored a social media campaign, Save Organic Citrus.

In addition, the center has launched a crowd-funding drive to raise research funds, at http://www.rockethub.com/44990.

Although citrus greening can weaken and even kill citrus trees, it is harmless to humans or other animals.

In Florida, where the disease is endemic, it has cost that state’s citrus industry more than $4.6 billion, according to University of Florida figures.

The Organic Center is part of the Organic Trade Association.



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Richard Ha    
Hawaii  |  July, 30, 2014 at 03:04 PM

How do you stop a virus using organic methods?

    
July, 30, 2014 at 04:04 PM

you don't......

William Kanitz Pres. ScoringAg    
Florida USA  |  August, 02, 2014 at 07:23 PM

We have a steam process for beating HLB/ Greening disease that works also for organic growers as it doesn’t contains any chemicals. Please see our website www.ScoringAg.com and click on Products to see a description and video of the TreeSteamer©.

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