Organic Standards

While recently visiting with a neighbor he related a story of an incident when he was a youngster - back when herbicides first were available to farmers.  His dad, who farmed 400+ acres,   was mixing herbicide in a spray tank sitting in his yard.  The tank ran over and large amount of the herbicide mix inundated part of the yard.  He said that it was at least 15 years before anything would grow on that plot.  

This illustrates one of the pitfalls of organic certification - which only requires 3 years of freedom from herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizer to be certified. Organic products are not guaranteed to be free of all biocides but only guaranteed to have been grown or processed in accordance with USDA/NOP regulations.  

The integrity of organic products is only as good as the integrity of the members of the National Organic Standards Board.