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A few days after I moved in here... the two girls who live next door knocked on my door and offered me a plate of cookies! That's the best welcome I've ever received when moving to a new town. It made more sense, because we were all moving in together and they went around with the cookies to try to meet people. Still, a really good sign that I moved to the right place.

Nearly all the food here is marketted as "organic". I still haven't figured out what that means, but I guess it sounds good.

When I left my home in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, gas was around $1.35/gallon. Here it is $2.20/gallon, almost a dollar increase. Parking at my apartment is $50/month and parking on campus is $60/month. This is why I think I should sell my car.

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fermina
Sep. 16th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC)
Organic means it was grown without any genetic alteration, and pesticide/hormone addition. It also doesn't have preservatives or color additives or the like added to it.
spoonless
Sep. 16th, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)

It also doesn't have preservatives or color additives or the like added to it.

Ah, well that explains why my milk just went bad (I bought it the night before last, got to use it for one full day). It tastes like crap now, I just threw it away. I actually looked up and down the aisle when I bought it to see if there was anything inorganic because I figured it might be cheaper, but the only milk they sell here apparently is organic. Unless they were out of the rest.

I might give this org stuff one more chance some time, since people around here seem to think it tastes better, but after this morning's incident with the milk, I'm pretty turned off to it.

Plus, the whole idea (from reading this thread) sounds like it goes directly against most of my transhumanist principles. genetic modification is a wonderful thing and I hope someday our species will get past the idea that "natural == better" and start taking control of evolution rather than relying on chance to produce good food.

(didn't mean to sermonize, I'm just rambling because I'm pissed about the milk. arrg.)
paideia
Sep. 16th, 2003 06:52 am (UTC)
Well, you asked...
2.2. REQUIRED PRACTICES
2.2.1. Development and implementation of a conscientious soil building program designed to enhance organic matter and encourage optimum soil health.

2.2.2. Non-perennial crops shall be rotated in accordance with accepted regional organic practices. Rotations must be as varied as possible and aim to maintain or improve soil fertility, reduce nitrate leaching, and reduce weed, pest and disease problems.

2.2.3. Use of careful management, resistant varieties, intercropping, and maintenance of soil health as the first line of defense against weeds, pests, and. diseases.

2.2.4. Generation of an audit trail which will permit tracing the sources and amounts of all off farm inputs, date of harvest, and all steps between harvest and sale. Certification may be denied for inadequate record keeping.

2.2.5. Maintenance of machinery and equipment in good enough condition to avoid contamination of soil or crops with hydraulic fluid, fuel, oil, etc.

2.2.6. Use of pre and post harvest handling procedures and packaging materials which ensure maximum product quality (appearance, hygiene, freshness, and nutrition) using techniques and materials that are consistent with these standards. Irradiation of certified foods is prohibited.

2.2.7. COFA maintains that all members manage their soils responsibly, with the intent to improve soil fertility and tilth through proper management practices.

2.3. SOILS AND PLANTS: Authorized Methods and Materials
2.3.1. Organic Matter
a. Fresh, aerated, anaerobic, or sheet composted manures on perennials or crops not for human consumption, or when a crop for human consumption is not to be harvested for at least four months following application. At application the soil must be sufficiently warm (about 10 C) and moist to ensure active microbial digestion.

b. On radishes, leafy greens, the beet family, and other known nitrate accumulators fresh, aerated, and aerobic or sheet composted manures may not be applied less than four months before planting. At application, the soil must be sufficiently warm and moist to ensure active microbial digestion.

c. All manure sources and management techniques must be clearly documented as a part of the certification process.

d. Green manures and crop residues, peatmoss, straw, seaweed, and other similar materials are acceptable. Sewage sludge and septic waste are prohibited.

e. Composted food and forestry byproducts that are free of contaminants.

2.3.2. Minerals
a. Agricultural limestone, natural phosphates, and other slowly soluble rock powders. Fluorine content of the natural phosphates should be balanced with application rates so that total fluorine applied, does not exceed an average of 5kg/ha/year in the field or 0 kg/ha/year in the greenhouse.

b. Wood ash, langbeinite (sulpomag). nonfortified marine byproducts, bonemeal, fishmeal, and other similar natural products.

c. Cottonseed meal, leathermeal, and blended products containing these substances are permissible only if free of contaminants.

d. Highly soluble nitrate, phosphate, and chloride nutrient sources, natural or synthetic are prohibited from use on soil or foliage.

e. Ammonia and urea products are prohibited

f. Potassium sulfate, borax (solubor), sodium molybdate, and sulphate trace mineral salts are permitted where agronomically justified. Application rates and distribution should be controlled by applying these products in solution with a well calibrated sprayer.

paideia
Sep. 16th, 2003 06:52 am (UTC)
Part 2 of 2
2.3.3. Foliar
a. Liquid or powdered seaweed extract or other non-fortified Marine byproducts. (Explanatory note: In some circumstances, such as the use of phosphoric acid to hydrolyze fish emulsion,: a normaI aspect of the Industrial process coincidentally furnishes plant nutrients. This is not to be considered "fortification" for the purposes of these standards. The operative criteria is whether a product is added to the process in order to boost the analysis as is the case with potassium nitrate added to fish emulsion.)

b. Natural plant or animal based growth regulators and other plant or animal products.

c. Natural adjuvants, wetting agents, and the like.

d. Mineral suspensions such as silica.

2.3.4. Seed, Seedlings, Grafting and Root Stock
a. Horticultural crops and nonperennial field crops must be produced from seed that has not been treated with any unauthorized product. Temporary exceptions can be made if untreated seed is not available.

b. Annual transplants must be grown according to COFA standards. Perennial transplants may be from any source, but crops sold as certified organic must be from plants which have been under organic cultivation for at least 2 months prior to harvest.

c. Vegetatively propagated plants such as garlic and other bulbous plants are to be considered seeds and thus subject to the provisions of subparagraph (a) of this article.

2.3.5. Other
a. Assorted plant and/or animal preparations, biodynamic preparations microbial activators, bacterial inoculates, and mycorhizae, etc.

b. Microbes used in the production of certified crops or products must be naturally occurring (not the result of genetic engineering).

2.4. PEST CONTROL: Authorized Methods and Materials
2.4.1. Disease
a. Use of resistant varieties.

b. Lime-sulfur, Bordeaux, elemental sulfur. Other sulfur or copper products may be approved by the certification committee with the approval of COFA.

c. Fungicidal and cryptocidal soaps, plant preparations, vinegar and other natural substances.

2.4.2. Insects and Similar Pests
a. Use of resistant varieties and the provision of conditions favoring natural equilibrium.

b. Insecticidal soaps and botanical insecticides such as ryania, sabadilla and teas/extracts / decoctions I poultices of locally grown botanicals.

c. Rotenone, pyrethrum, dormant oil (preferably vegetable-based). and diatomaceous earth may be used with great caution due to their high ecological profile.

d. Sexual, visual, and physical traps.

e. All pesticides containing aromatic petroleum fractions or synergists (such as piperonyl butoxide) are prohibited.

f. Microbial insecticides as found in the COFA material list are acceptable.

2.4.3. Weed Control
a. Weeds are to be controlled through a combination of cultural practices that limit weed development (rotation, green manure, fallow, etc.).

b. Mechanical, electrical, and thermal weeding.

c. Microbial weed killers.

d. Chemical or petroleum herbicides are prohibited. Amino acid herbicides have not yet been registered for use.

e. Use of plastic mulch will be subject to approval of the COFA.
spoonless
Sep. 16th, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Part 2 of 2
hmmm, interesting--thanks for posting this. I don't understand the significance of 90% of this, but it will be useful as a reference in case anyone tries to switch me over to organic food.

d. Sexual, visual, and physical traps.

A sexual trap... is that like a blond bombshell who takes a guy up to her room, handcuffs him to the bed, and then makes off with his car? ;)
samism
Sep. 16th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
you don't know me, but...
hey, I'm a fellow slug (actually, officially a graduated slug still working on campus) who was checking my livejournal at the library...I guess you were the person who checked your lj in the library before me cause it sent me to your page...I just thought I'd say hello...sounds like you are new to town...hope you are diggin it...
spoonless
Sep. 16th, 2003 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: you don't know me, but...
yup. I guess there are a lot of lj users here. I noticed the ucsc and ucsc_chatter communities among others.

sounds like you are new to town...hope you are diggin it...

definitely!
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