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!