NOT SO-FAQ

 

Q. How “Organic” can you be? Or, What is the Highest standard of “Organic”?

 

A. Nobody seems to know the ultimate answer to this question, or even have thought to ask it.

 

Our Creator designed a Perfect system that was, and is, Self-sustaining, Self-correcting, Self-regulating, and

Self-healing. If this were not so, the whole system would be self-terminating.

 

The ‘Official’ USDA Organic definition: “It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management

practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that

products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.”

(Emphasis added.)

 

The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary: “Involving, producing, or dealing in foods produced without the use of

laboratory-made fertilizers, growth substances, antibiotics, or pesticides.”

 

My favorite: Webster’s New International Dictionary, 1909 Edition, states: organic, n. ...that in which the parts

are means and ends to one another and to the whole. Each part separately is mere mechanism; it is a true or

significant machine only in relation to other parts, its full significance being determined by the complex whole which

the interacting parts create, not as their sum, but as a construction differing in quality from each and all of them. Bentley.”

 

Your system has reached a high level of “Organic”, when your crops exist in a state of self-correcting and self-

healing. When there is not “dis-eased tissue” for the bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes, or insects to feed upon. When

the soil food web (your soil-herd) is healthy, the plants growing in that community are healthy (without dis-ease), and

the animals (including humans) consuming those plants are without dis-ease. If your crops are ‘organic’ and insects

and dis-eases still present a problem, you have just reached a USDA level of ‘Organic’.

 

“Research trials over 7-16 years at Boggs Organic Garden in Burke County and Fort Valley State University (FVSU):

  • Fruit size, quality, and yields have been good despite challenging pressures from weeds, diseases and insects.

  • Average seasonal yields include 2 pints of strawberries per plant, 8 pints of blueberries per bush (40 pints*)

12 pints of blackberries per... plant, 80 pounds of figs per bush, and 120 pounds of muscadines per plant.”

(Extracted from Grow Your Own Organic Fruits and Vegetables. FVSU.)

 

My Compost program, applied judiciously, can have your crops virtually free of dis-ease and harmful

insects within one year WITHOUT the crutch of artificial pesticides or factory fertilizers. This program can

double the Brix readings of your crops, and double the life of your fruit trees.


 

*An estimated 40-pints were harvested from 12-year old blueberry bushes in 2011 in Habersham County, Georgia.