We live in an age of instant gratification. The practise of sending dilutions of high concentrated organic chemicals through fertigation systems to produce hectres of salads, etc. is a practise that Earth Bound and other large US Organic farms have relied upon to provide instant nutrients to demanding crops. One of the most popular fertilizers from a California company, a fish and chicken feather brew, approved for by OMRI for Organic use...and used over a year after discovery (and California state neglect to inform) that it had been doped with ammonium sulfate.
Organic farms unknowingly used a synthetic fertilizer
By Jim Downing
Published: Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 | Page 18A
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.
As a result, some of California's 2006 harvest of organic fruits, nuts and vegetables – including crops from giants like Earthbound Farm – wasn't really organic. read the whole article