Originally Posted by Skipster
This is a very confusing topic for industry practitioners and customers. Practitioners who follow this type of program usually call it their organic program or they call themselves organic operators. They sell their programs as being better for people, pets, and the environment, but they still use the same chemicals in the same quantities that conventional operators use. Most conventional operators that I know only use chemicals in spot treatments, just like you’re advocating. The only difference is fertilizer – and some of that used by the organic crowd is still conventional.
I saw that when I visited the website of a prominent poster on this site. He touted his organic program (and even had ‘Organic’ in the company name), but his website listed conventional fertilizers and conventional herbicides in the program, but included compost tea mixed with the liquid conventional fertilizer.
How would you pitch to your customers (and the rest of the community) the type of herbicide-augmented program that you’re advocating?
Skipster, I cringe when companies (one national company comes to mind) misrepresent themselves in this manner. IMO, they honestly do not know the difference (doubtful) or they are using unethical marketing to mislead their clients.
I prefer to classify different programs as;
programs rely heavily on cultural methods and only use approved soil amendments, organic fertilizers (no biosolids), compost, compost tea, OMRI or NOP approved pesticides.
programs in addition to the above and other "natural" products that do not meet OMRI or NOP specification may be allowed.
Transitional, Hybrid, organic based
programs may include fertilizers that blend organic matter with synthetic nutrients and spot treating with conventional pesticides.