Sunday, August 16, 2015

But is it really organic?

A happy RFF customer with the fruits,
or rather vegetables, of her labors
     You like to garden and plant veggies that are fun to watch grow and are healthy for your family. When you select the fertilizer for your soil you decide to spend a little more for the organic blends that state they are the best grow element for the veggies you are planting. The box or package has “Natural - Organic” written all over it with pictures of happy tomatoes and celery on both sides. Nonetheless, you look at the small print and the list of ‘ingredients’ printed on the package back: bone meal -  blood meal -  chicken manure– cattle manure, etc., and perhaps even chicken meal (dried and ground chicken feathers).  While you may not be sure of what these strange contents mean, you trust the commercial maker and brand name and put it in your shopping cart.

     What you don’t know about the fertilizer you just bought is the possibility that  it can make you very sick! Why? It contains antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids!!

     Whether it’s in human medicine or animal agriculture the overuse, or misuse, of antibiotics poses a health risk. The fact that about 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on farm animals who don’t need them should be eliciting a serious call to action from regulators, not decades worth of inaction and bows to agribusinesses and pharmaceutical companies.

     Antibiotics are routinely given to healthy animals on farms in a non-therapeutic manner, or before they actually get sick, to compensate for filthy living conditions and to promote growth. The problem with this is that animals receiving low doses of antibiotics on a regular basis become walking reservoirs for bacterial growth that can result in antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

     According to the report, from 2001 to 2013 FDA scientists studied 30 different antibiotics drugs in the penicillin and tetracycline drug classes that were approved for use decades ago and called 18 of the drugs in question “high risk” because they could expose us to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, which can be spread to other animals on farms or to us through the food supply.

     Antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids used on cattle and chickens and pigs are in that organic fertilizer you recently purchased!  Bone meal –blood meal and the manure your fertilizer contains also has high quantities of antibiotics and other toxins.  ORGANIC GARDENING MAGAZINE strongly suggests not to use fertilizer that contains any of these elements!
Rainbow Farms Fertilizer uses only  mealworm castings and is 100% pure. And grows healthy, safe veggies with great taste!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

What is "biosolids?"

  There is a new "organic" fertilizer in town that is promoted by municipalities across the country for use by school gardens, green areas, local farms and home gardens - it is extolled as being both safe, organic and affordable. It is called "Biosolids."

    While the name Biosolids may sound like a 21st. century newbe, the reality is the fertilizer itself, was foisted upon the American gardener over thirty years ago by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Biosolids organic fertilizer is nothing more than sewerage treatment sludge dried and somewhat sanitized  and is today agressively promoted for use by commercial farmers and home gardeners and municipalities throughout the country! Biosolids is little more than toxic sludge!

     The ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION is fighting the use of Biosolids  especially in California, a strategic battleground state and America's breadbasket of commercial farms. This is what they have to say about it:
Scientific evidence has confirmed that municipal sewage sludge contains hundreds of dangerous pathogens, toxic heavy metals, flame-retardants, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, pharmaceutical drugs and other hazardous chemicals coming from residential drains, storm water runoff, hospitals, and industrial plants.  Sewage sludge contains everything the sewage treatment plant was able to remove from the sewage - plus every new chemical and pathogen formed in the mad synergy of this chemical soup, including virulent, antibiotic-resistant bacteria created through horizontal gene transfer. 
San Francisco public officials have helped the toxic sludge industry score a major victory in the Bay Area, where they've been able to convince hundreds of regional (non-organic) farmers to spread the hazardous material on farm land and pasture, and have actually been able to get city residents to take hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic sludge and spread it over their backyard and community gardens. 
San Francisco is a strategic battleground to stop the sludge industry from poisoning more farms and communities. In 1998 the organic community rose up and banned the use of sewage sludge in organic farming. Now it's time to ban its use on farms, gardens, lawns, and land in general. California proposition 65 (P65) requires the listing of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Chemicals known to the SFPUC that are in San Francisco sewage sludge that are also found on the California P65 list include: Mercury - Molybdenum - Cobalt - Antimony Chromium - Dibenzofurans - Naphthalene - 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane (Dbcp) - Di (2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate (Dehp) - Tcdd Equivalents (Dioxins) Such As Octachlorodibenzo-P-Dioxins (Ocdd)

   The EPA was tasked with stopping waste water run-off from sewerage treatment plants into the oceans, rivers and streams. They accomplished this by forcing sewerage treatment facilities to filter all human excrement into a 'sludge' allowing a cleaner water run-off, and using this toxic substance as an "organic" fertilizer.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The organic difference

By Greg Martin
reblogged from

Organic Producers and home gardeners alike are always on the lookout for safe ways to get bigger and better produce. A new product just on the market shows some incredible promise in providing quality returns with zero impact on the land. Joe Caro with Rainbow Farms says their new fertilizer is a 100% natural product from the castings of meal worms.

CARO: In doing my research I found that even in the other "organic fertilizers" or worm fertilizers that are derived from worm castings, general earthworms are fed just about every thrown away thing you can imagine, and some things I won t even mention are put in the pile.

The product doesn' t change nor does the healthy composition of it because they re continually fed the same amount of food and the highest quality of food in order to produce the highest quality of fertilizer.

Unlike most fertilizers, the natural meal worm castings are safe for use around pets and kids and have no odor. Caro says the product is really easy and versatile to use.

CARO: The applications are simple. You open up the tub you take a teaspoon out and you spread it around spread it around it around your flowers and then you mix it into the soil. You can even make a tea out of it. We find that soaking one part of Rainbow Farms Fertilizer into 5 parts of non-chlorinated water and stirring it up a bit and leaving it over night you can just pour it directly onto your plants and or vegetables and it ll just grow them like you won t believe.

That' s today 's Line On Agriculture. I m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.