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Author: Test2 (Test2)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 1:54 pm
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One more idea - maybe there is some kind of wash that can be used to clean the herbs/vegis/fruit that would provide an extra margin of safety. I am guessing that the fruit/vegi industry probably has some kind of cleanser that could work for your circumstance.

1) I think I read someplace that a very mild bleach solution is used to clean vegis/fruit. You would have to do more research on the safety of this practice. I am concerned about what chemical toxins might be in bleach.

2) Sometimes we use something called "Veggie Wash". Its 100% all natural derived from plant material. The company says its laboratory tested and proven to remove unwanted residues(wax,soil, agricultural chemicals).

Author: Test2 (Test2)
Monday, January 09, 2012 - 7:56 pm
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Good question !

The "Book" does not discuss additional steps to my recollection. However, time is discussed and time will kill many but not all pathogens.

Having said that I think the "Book" also discourages crops grown with your humanmanure being used off your premises - probably out of fear that maybe, just maybe some pathogen could survive. If yours is a commercial venture it may also open up liability issues for you.

One idea is to have your compost tested for pathogens. If it passes the tests gives you some protection I would think.

Author: Propergandhi (Propergandhi)
Monday, January 09, 2012 - 2:09 pm
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My friends and I are interested in growing primroses, witch hazel and lavender in our backgarden. To make organic cosmetics and essential oils.

I appologise for the 'newbie' question. I want to stress that I am completely convinced by the effectiveness of Thermophillic composting.

However are there any additional steps that kill pathogens on the crops themselves since these are intended to be non-foods.

These steps are purely to reassure customers. I will be targetting environmentally concerned clients. But it will help with marketing.

Thanks in advance for any posters response and guidance

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