Are you sure you can say 'naturally organic'? Why is the o-word different here?
If so, great!!
Joseph -- I like 'UNcertified Organic' :)
Labeling claims are the work of lawyers. As long as you can prove the claim on the label you can use it. Example on meat products you cannot use the term Choice because choice is a USDA grade. But you can say "Ranchers Choice" "Health Choice" . Now I’m no expert but I believe you can use the term "Naturally organic" because it’s in quotation marks and you can prove the claim
Hmm.. seems like a fine line if someone wants to call you on it.
There's no baggage with saying All Natural (not in quotes) or something like that, is there?
I don't know if people would take me seriously if I wrote "Naturally Organic" in quotes on my packaging. I haven't seen much of that, but maybe I just haven't noticed. Interesting idea.
When it comes to organic it self is a fine line. If you make a further processed product and use the USDA organic label. It does not mean all of the product components are all natural or organic. To me organic is a scam right up there with Angus beef just another marketing ploy, naturally organic is truthful and honest when talking about aquaponics.
I spoke with QCS (one of the certifying agencies here in Florida) a while back and recently filled the paperwork out (a tedious task). I am torn on whether it is worth it as well and still have not submitted it.
There is a grant that FOG (Florida Organic Growers) was offering to sustainable farms to get reimbursed for certification for up to 75% of the cost. However, I still wasn't sure if it was worth it, as there is the yearly cost and the small % from sales taken etc.
Since starting the buying club years ago, and previously having to buy all the produce (before growing it myself), the members have to come to know and trust me. They primarily want locally grown first, but then they do want some things they are used to getting that is not local or in season (i.e apples etc) so I do supplement with very few items from an organic distributor. Other clubs in the area focus on "certified organic" but not necessarily local...I try have pesticide/ synthetic (even OMRI approved) free now and that is why the majority of the basket is from local growers I trust.. The members are excited that I've started growing aquaponically, most of them haven't heard of aquaponics before and many are interested in tours and showing others. The lettuce and the pak choy was well received. Growth was slowed down considerably with the very low temp of the water and staying cold for weeks, but I now have the tanks insulated to help stabilize it better. I also lost crops due to the freezing temps and then covering with plastic and hoophouses and some plants bolting when it got so hot the following morning..took it off by 10am but it was too late!..I'm still learning.
Anyway, one large farm I buy from (soil grown) is not certified but they are thriving. They use manure and fish emulsion and most often not even the OMRI pesticides and grow beautiful heirloom veggies and use organic seed. When they did use an "OMRI' approved pesticide last year, (they had a huge problem with worms on their peaches) she told me, as she knows how I feel and I didn't buy them.
General question related to this --
If I add veggies/kitchen scraps etc to my worm bin that are not certified organic, and then add worm juice from that bin to my AP system, would the veggies be considered organic according to the USDA (assuming everything else was OG)? I don't think so, but I want to double check this.
I hear you Earl, there are a lot of funky things going on with OG certification. AP needs its own 'clean' standard. It will be interesting to hear what 'clean' means to different people..
oops, probably should say.."...the way nature intended it to be"
Michelle, you cannot forget the hidden cost in the large amount of time you have to invest in filling out the applications and going through the involved process.