US media has done so much harm to the world, at this point I think THEY are the harmful thing, telling the story that benefits the US despite the truth of many places being better without the US imperialism.
The rest of the world may be able to learn a lot from them as we face declining resources and the effects of climate change.
The rebuttals I've heard boil down to me being ignorant about farming and other food production practices.
> Without artificial fertilizers, hydroponic equipment from the Soviet Union was no longer usable. Instead, this was converted for the use of organic gardening. The original hydroponic units, long cement planting troughs and raised metal containers, were filled with composted sugar waste, thus turning hydroponicos ("hydroponics") into organopónicos.
So it seems the name might come from the composted sugar waste that was used as an organic substrate for the plants to grow on (as opposed to the prior water-based hydroponics systems).
Therefore it seems the name might not be related to "organic farming" etc. as we tend to see in the West.
On the other hand, meeting the legal requirements to call your crops "organic" doesn't guarantee that they are of higher quality or that the farming methods are much more sustainable.
I’m grateful to have that option but otherwise I agree.
The other part that drives me nuts is the hate for GMOs.