Organic farming and humanure

The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: General Composting Issues: Organic farming and humanure
Author: Anonymous
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - 3:07 pm
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we are starting an organic farm. is it legal by usda standards to use humanure in your compost, and be able to be certified organic?
what about biodynamic? would the demeter certification process allow for humanure?

Author: Bev Jones
Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:09 am
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I've been waiting since August to see what the answers to these two questions are, too!

Author: admin
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 11:17 am
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Apparently, no one has the answers, although there is nothing about humanure that is not "organic."

Author: Leo Glenn
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 2:24 pm
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I can't answer the organic certification question, but I do know that Rudolf Steiner was opposed to using human manure in compost (or for any other purpose). So I doubt that you could get humanure compost certified with the demeter process.

Author: Leo Glenn
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 3:24 pm
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I did a little research on the Web and came up with this link:
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/NOP/standards/ListReg.html
This is the National List produced by the USDA on Allowed and Prohibited Substances in organic food production. It does not appear to include humanure as a prohibted substance. Also, the USDA's National Organic Program has regulations and guidelines for composting and composting facilites which also do not appear to address humanure (here's the link:
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/NOP/standards/ProdHandPre.html)

There are regulations about the application of raw manure, and regulations involving minimum sustained temperature requirements for compost to ensure pathogen destruction.

So, although I don't think I would advise putting "Made with Human Manure!" on my brochures or product labels, it does appear that it is not specifically prohibited.

Hope that helps.

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