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Re: Regulation of compost teas (was: NOSB loses its head)
Hello Jeff & other saneters following this thread,
In response to Jeff Lowenfels at gardener.com's message sent
Wednesday, October 23, 2002:
JL> It is great how this thing has ranged, but the issue is whether
JL> using sugars to increase bacterial biomass in compost teas is
JL> inconsistent with Organic methods.
It's also about why adding sugar and / or molasses is or isn't
inconsistent with the USDA's organic regulatory framework.
JL> Adding beneficial bacteria and fungi, protozoa and in some cases
JL> nematodes to the soil surely has to be considered within the
JL> scope as Organic.
As I understand it, the issue is not about adding beneficial
bacteria and fungi, protozoa and in some cases nematodes to the
soil. The the issue is about adding adding sugar and / or molasses
to compost teas.
JL> It is exactly analogous to putting mulch down or compost to a
JL> lesser degree.
Obviously, some disagree.
JL> The only issue is does it cause E. coli to grow...... a
JL> conclusion the NOSB reached as a result of what many of us
JL> believe were flawed studies based on personal agendas.... there
JL> were supposed two, not reported and not peer reviewed.
You have no agenda?
JL> Again, adding fungi, bacteria and protozoa is clearly organic.
JL> It is what we all do when we mulch and apply compost. THE ISSUE
JL> IS E COLI AND BAD SCIENCE. AND NOT IF SUGARS ARE FOUND IN
Thank you for providing your opinion of what THE issue is or isn't.
It will certainly be taken into account.