Rick, Eagle Mountain, Utah
This can be confusing and maybe even redundant, but the terminology and two endorsements actually work together and maybe even simultaneously.
First, the term “certified organic” can only legally apply to food and fiber products, and not to fertilizers or plant food. Second, as mentioned in an earlier post, fertilizer companies can use the term “organic” to refer to organic — or carbon-based — content, without any verification that any or all of the ingredients meet specifications set out by the National Organic Program to be listed by OMRI (see below).
The USDA has established the guidelines to meet “organic certification,” which ensures that the end product — food or fiber — has conformed to their strict uniform standards, which are verified by independent state or private organizations. The certifications include:
- Inspections of the processing facilities
- Detailed record keeping, and
- Periodic testing to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set.
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers and manufacturers and suppliers a listing of input products for use in the production, handling and processing of goods which will comply with the National Organic Program. One example of an input product is the fertilizer used in growing a crop. It is not the fertilizer that can be certified organic, only the food or fiber produced with the fertilizer than can ultimately be certified (by the NOP). The OMRI listing generally reads, “OMRI listed for use in organic production,” and should be accompanied by the OMRI logo. Again, OMRI does not certify food or fiber (or fertilizers) as organic: OMRI works with the USDA in complying with their standards.
Monty’s is proud to have our soil conditioners OMRI listed. For those seeking to improve the condition of their soil while being in compliance with the National Organic Program, but without the labor-intensive, and often expensive, nature of other options, Monty’s Liquid Carbon Organic Soil Conditioner is a terrific product.
- OMRI – information that organic farmers, handlers, certifiers, and other members of the organic community might find useful.
- USDA National Organic Program - organic standards, certification and accreditation, plus compliance and enforcement links.