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Urea is it (Certified or USDA) organic?

Discussion in 'Organics' started by x15, Jun 24, 2010.


    x15 Well-Known Member

    Short answer...no

    For insomniacs the long answer -

    (BTW, not wanting to pollute fdd's grow thread but still talk about urea.)

    There is natural occurring urea & synthetic urea, regardless of this, urea is placed in the prohibited products for certified organic.

    "Steps to Organic Certification During Transition

    The initial steps to obtaining certification are:

    Stop applying, for a period of three years, any prohibited inputs to your farm or the portion of your farm where you will begin the transition process. Prohibited materials include: all salt soluble products; urea; sewage sludge; synthetic insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides; and ammonia-derived nitrogen products. If you have a field that has not received any of these prohibited substances in the past three years, you can seek certification for that field right away."

    "If a fertilizer is labeled ‘organic,’ will a farmer be able to use it on certified organic land?
    Fertilizer labeling is regulated by state laws, most of which define organic in a way that is not compatible with organic standards. Caution is needed in evaluating fertilizer labeled as organic, as it might include prohibited synthetics such as urea or sewage sludge."

    "Examples of Prohibited synthetic materials that do NOT appear on the National List
    Ammoniated fertilizers, including ammonium nitrate, anhydrous ammonia, etc
    Superphosphate, triple phosphate
    Calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide
    Plastic polymers used in seed pellets"
    - Understanding the USDA Organic Standards, Eric Sideman, Emily Brown Rosen (February, 2005)



    item 7) On January 24, 2007, Matt Vargas, QCS Certification Coordinator, issued a Notice of Noncompliance and Denial of Certification to The Family Garden for the portion of the operation including field 2A. The notice stated that the application of Nature Safe 8-5-5, Lot #0126, which contained the accidental presence of synthetic urea is inconsistent with §205.601, and consequently any crop harvested within 36 months from the date of the fertilizer application could not be certified organic as per §205.202(b).6 7"

    "CONCLUSIONS The certifying agent properly used its authority to deny certification to that portion of the operation from which a crop intended for certification would be harvested within 36 months of the application of a prohibited substance, synthetic urea."

    "...The U.S. Senate Report of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, states, “On occasion, organic farmers, although following the strict standards in this bill, may produce products with minimum residues due to inadvertent environmental contamination such as drift from a neighboring farm...The Committee does not intend to prohibit minimal residue contamination that does not result from practices used by the organic farming operation.”8"

    "...“As long as an organic operation has not used excluded methods and takes reasonable steps to avoid contact with the products of excluded methods as detailed in their approved organic system plan, the unintentional presence of the products of excluded methods should not affect the status of an organic product or operation.”9"

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