In a message dated 5/17/2000 3:45:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Grace Gershuny
> If only certifiably organic feedstock could be used as organic compost or
> fertilizer, most organic operations would lose their certification. The
> idea that many people believe this *should* be the case is horrifying.
Is this a case of the tail wagging the dog? Because the abundance of
certified organic waste is limited, should we compromise the integrity of the
nutrient loop? I wonder why Rudolf Steiner was such a strong advocate of
creating self reliant farms, with as few imported materials as possible. Are
we missing a subtle point here, where the growing of crops fertilized by
animals that feed from crops grown on the same soil creates a synergistic
effect. As long as we are moving inputs and outputs from imbalanced farming
operations, are we truly reaching sustainability?
Alan Ismond, P.Eng.
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