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Author(s):Stier, John
Author Affiliation:Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title:What does it mean to be organic?
Column Name:Gazing in the grass
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Source:The Grass Roots. Vol. 36, No. 2, March/April 2007, p. 5-7, 9.
Publishing Information:Madison, WI: Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association.
# of Pages:4
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Organic culture; Federal legislation; Organic fertilizers; Nitrogen fertilizers; Inorganic pesticides; Pesticide usage legislation; Turfgrass industry
Abstract/Contents:Discusses the use of organic products and practices in golf course maintenance. Explains that "according to the U.S. [United States] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an organic pesticide is one that contains carbon...The Organic Food Production Act was passed in 1990 and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) started labeling organic products in 2002." Lists "three classes for labeling of organic food items": 100% organic, organic, and made with organic. States that "the production practices are clearly spelled out for each term. Misuse of the terms can lead to hefty fines." Details the process of becoming a certified organic operation, stating that it "requires an application and fee payment to the USDA and/or appropriate state agency." Reports that "no federal definition for organic turf care exists. In many ways, this is a good thing as it allows the industry time to help define what might be appropriate." Discusses organic food production requirements, stating that "no synthetic pesticides may be used." Suggests that "the turf industry will need to move quickly to develop an organic maintenance program before someone else develops regulations that are unworkable. One caveat to such a program will be the realization that different approaches may be needed for diferent parts of the country and/or different turf situations." Concludes that "the best thing the turf industry can do is to develop their own organic standards in advance of outside groups or agencies."
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Stier, J. 2007. What does it mean to be organic?. Grass Roots. 36(2):p. 5-7, 9.
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