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I've been reading the new edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead (Ben Falk), which has brought to my attention things that those of us who buy organic would probably like to know:

  • A large certified organic compost-making company (it is unnamed in the text), selling to organic farms, uses lab rat manure amongst its inputs. So... anything grown in that soil is going to contain who knows what new and experimental substances the lab is testing
  • The dried chicken manure used in organic fertilizers is usually from factory chickens taking antibiotics, which are still active in plants grown in the composted manure
  • In lieu of the pesticides that organic farmers can't use, they often-to-generally use far, far more plastic, which gets into their plants as well

  • All of this information is found on p. 104. And Mr. Falk concludes, "Pick your poison. Literally."

    I am now going to triple my gardening plans for this year--since my own harvest has the only produce I can be sure of!
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    I know of a manufacturing business that was selling paper sludge for years to a company that utilized it as an input into compost production. The only issue is that there was glass fiber ALSO in that sludge that did not decompose out. Nothing like hundreds of tiny itchy slivers anytime you put your hands into the dirt.

    Know your sources and regularly question what you are receiving over time is my advice.
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