When is organic not organic? When the farmer using a popular fertilizer product finds that it also contains a synthetic fertilizer component. That's what's happening in
The product was effective, inexpensive and approved by organic regulators in 2006 and at one time had as much as one-third of the state's fertilizer market. But the
This news is impacting some large organic fruit, nut and vegetable producers including Earthbound Farm. The Bee acquired documents from the California Department of Food and Agriculture noting that officials were notified of the problem in 2004 but didn't complete their investigation and order the product off the market until June 2007.
State officials knew that some of