If you’ve been spending extra money buying only organic food, you may not be getting what you’re paying for. The Sacramento Bee has recently discovered that a California brand of organic fertilizer included distinctly UN-organic ingredients.
In the article entitled, “Organic Farms Unknowingly Used A Synthetic Fertilizer” by Jim Downing, the Sacramento Bee reports:“For up to seven years, California Liquid Fertilizer sold what seemed to be an organic farmer’s dream, brewed from fish and chicken feathers.
The company’s fertilizer was effective, inexpensive and approved by organic regulators. By 2006, it held as much as a third of the market in California.
But a state investigation caught the Salinas-area company spiking its product with ammonium sulfate, a synthetic fertilizer banned from organic farms.”
That meant that much of California’s 2006 harvest of what was supposed to be organic fruits, nuts and vegetables wasn’t organic at all. The fertilizer went to some of the biggest farms, including Earthbound Farm.
Although the Sacramento Bee notified the California Department of Food and Agriculture as early as June 2004 of their findings, the company wasn’t ordered to remove it’s counterfeit product from the organic market until January of 2007.
Hmm, it doesn’t seem like the California Department of Food and Agriculture is terribly interested in organic food violations….
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How many other organic farms are using synthetic fertilizer that’s falsely labeled organic? How much has landed on your table?