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And we're all paying for that accreditation right out the behind.
Must have snoozed off during that *very important* piece of info during training.
From your earlier post---
"No chemical fertilizer" might be technically correct (depending on who's making the list of approved substances, I know it's true for the association I'm familiar with). For example, you can't use a nitrogen fertilizer that is a byproduct of breaking down natural gas, or a basic 4-6-4 like most people put on their lawns---but you can use pelletized turkey manure.
But no pesticides? That's just not true. There are all kinds of approved pesticides, all with their pre-harvest intervals just like with conventional crops. Many organic pesticides are even made by the same companies as conventional ones.
But hey---both today's conventional and today's organic are better than the old alternatives. (You just can't grow enough food to feed people without taking care of your crop!) Lots of people say "before the 1940's, everything was organic"---but that's an outright lie. Lead arsenate (yep, lead+arsenic) source
, Washington State University] was a common insecticide for a long time. The earliest recorded use of arsenic
as a pesticide was in China in 900 AD. (same source). Just doing a bit of research right now, but source
from a Carleton college trial briefing, it looks like lead arsenate was still in use as late as 1914.
Glad the EPA did away with that one!