Becoming an organic farmer isn’t easy. It’s not just a matter of quitting pesticide and synthetic fertilizer use. It literally takes years of dealing with the imbalances caused by using synthetic methods to maximize yields.
Some farmers may even THINK they’re growing organic produce while still producing contaminated hemp, and others are just unscrupulous.
“Organic hemp oil” is a wonderful selling point, so they’ll say it is organic, even when they know it isn’t.
Whether you’re farming fruit or cannabis, the costs of going organic are extremely high, especially to start with. The problem with pesticide use in particular, is that it destroys the natural balance between various insect species. Simply put, many pesticides will wipe out both beneficial, predatory insects and the target pest species. Even fungicides can have this effect.
Restoring the balance so that natural predators can help you to control pests on your crop takes years, and the temptation to spray “just once” can be very great. But then you’re back at square one again.
Plant nutrition can also be a problem. You can become addicted to farming with synthetic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers such as manure take longer to break down and release their nutrients, and years of accumulated organic material will eventually enrich soils naturally.
Meanwhile, without sufficient nutrition, yields are reduced, and the bottom line from your crop gets smaller. You know that applying instant release fertilizer can solve your problem – but it comes from the petrochemical industry and may have a few unwanted ingredients.
Another amazing ability of cannabis, is its ability to clear toxins from the soil. It is often used for exactly this reason in areas with contaminated soils that are no longer suitable for agriculture. But this ability to clean up the environment doesn’t always work in our favour.
It’s fine if the hemp is only used for fibre and industrial oils, but the concentrated oils from the plant contain all the toxic residues and should never be used for human consumption.
If a sick person were to take them, it could aggravate their condition, and even healthy people may suffer, as many pesticide residues and toxins are known to cause cancer.
Just buying a whole lot of hemp that comes from heaven-knows-where isn’t going to cut it if you want to be sure of your CBD level and growing methods. That’s why we insist on complete control from seed stage onwards.
But even if everything is done right, contamination can come in from outside sources, so we double check everything by screening material for a range of pesticides, heavy metals and fungal toxins.
Laboratory tests are expensive, but to keep our consumers safe, we screen for the full range of potential contaminants.
Often, that will mean repeated tests, since various methods must be used to detect different contaminants, but at the end of the day, we are satisfied that the hemp oil we supply is clean, safe, organic hemp oil packed full of nothing but healthful compounds.