The chemical-free-ness of organic is kind of a misnomer. There are actually lots of products (inputs) available for organic farmers to buy and apply. This press release just landed in my inbox from OMRI. That’s the Organic Materials Review Institute. They’re the folks who analyze farming products to determine if they deserve the “organic” seal of approval. The press release trumpets the glad news that now there are over 2000 products organic farmers can buy. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I’m glad the market is still so good that new players are getting in. On the other hand it seems ironic to me that a more “nature” way to farm now has over 2000 additives to choose from. The best thing I can say is know your farmer and know how (s)he farms. Read the whole press release…
The OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) Products List reached a milestone on October 7, 2010, for the first time exceeding 2000 listed products. OMRI, a global leader in materials review, performs comprehensive verification and listing of materials suitable for use in organic production.
“The OMRI Products List has grown steadily over the last 13 years, and we thank OMRI’s clients and supporters for working to ensure solid and consistent standards within the organic industry, and for helping us reach this milestone,” said Peggy Miars, OMRI Executive Director. “We at OMRI are proud to support the organic label through our history of solid integrity and reliable reviews.”
While OMRI staff may have paused to celebrate the landmark occasion, the organization is processing applications more quickly than ever. A new streamlined review process has completely eliminated the initial wait time for new applications while retaining the same rigorous standards that have made OMRI a cornerstone of the organic industry. “Now is a great time to submit an application, since we have made great strides in customer service,” added Miars. OMRI welcomed Miars in September, when she began her tenure as OMRI’s new Executive Director/CEO.