TEXAS ORGANIC RESEARCH CENTER (TORC) LIST OF ACCEPTABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE PRODUCTS FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTION

The following information is from the DirtDoctor Web site.

In general, toxic synthetic pesticides are specifically prohibited, i.e., neurotoxins including all carbamates, organophosphates, pyrethroids, organochlorines and all products containing piperonyl butoxide (PBO). Certain toxic organic pesticides such as pyrethrum are also excluded.

A. ACCEPTABLE FERTILZERS AND SOIL AMENDMENTS:

  • AZOMITE MINERAL PRODUCTS
  • GREENSENSE PRODUCTS
  • GREEN INDUSTRIES GARRETT JUICE PRO
  • MAESTRO GRO PRODUCTS
  • Maestro Gro Products

          - Garden Gro
          - Natural ONE
          - Sea Mist
          - Super Seaweed Plus
          - Rose Gro
          - Source ONE
          - Sea Spray
          - Texas Tee
          - Tree Trunk Goop

  •  MAXICROP PRODUCTS

          - Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer
          - Cal-Sea-Feed
          - Citrus Fertilizer
          - Complete Garden Feed
          - Flower Fertilizer
          - Original Seaweed Extract
          - Tomato Fertilizer

  • MEDINA PRODUCTS (Except those containing synthetic fertilizers)

          - Dry Products
          - Medina Grow'in Green Organic Granular Fertilizer
          - Medina Micronutrients
          - Medina Plus
          - Liquid Products
          - Garrett Juice
          - Horticultural Molasses
          - HuMate Liquid Humus
          - Liquid Seaweed

  • MICROLIFE PRODUCTS

          - Microlife
          - Microlife 'Ultimate'
          - Microlife + Brown Patch Control
          - Super Seaweed
          - Ocean Harvest

  • NATURE'S GUIDE PRODUCTS (except those containing biosolids or pyrethrum)

          - Garrett Juice
          - Liquid Fish
          - Liquid Fish & Seaweed
          - Natural Premium Turf Food 6-1-4

  • NEPTUNE'S HARVEST PRODUCTS

          - Fish - Seaweed Blend
          - Seaweed Plant Food
          - Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer
          - Kelp Meal
          - Crab Shell
          - Humate Concentrate

  •  ORGANIC GEM PRODUCTS

          - Shake and Spray Liquid Fish
          - Special Turf Control Liquid Fish
          - Organic Kelp Meal 1-0-2
          - Organic Crab Shell 2-3-0

  •  RABBIT HILL FARM PRODUCTS

          - Azalea Food 3-5-2
          - Kelp Meal 2-0-5
          - Organic 6-8-4 Pansy Food
          - Rabbit Manure
          - Rose Food
          - Tomato & Pepper Food

  • SUSTANE PRODUCTS (except those containing urea or other synthetic fertilizers)

          - 2-3-3 All Natural Organic
          - 3-4-2 All Natural Organic
          - 4-6-4 All Natural Organic
          - 5-2-4 All Natural Organic
          - 8-2-4 All Natural Organic

B. MICROBE PRODUCTS

  • BIO S.I. PRODUCTS

          - Agriculture
          - Lawn & Garden
          - Pond Doctor
          - Remediation
          - Septic Turf

  • PLANT SUCCESS

          - Mycorrhizal Granular
          - Root Dip Gel

C. ACCEPTABLE GENERIC DRY PRODUCTS

Bat guano
Blood meal
Bone meal
Corn gluten meal (60% protein or 9-0-0 analysis)
Coffee grounds
Compost
Compost tea
Corn meal
Cottonseed meal
Decomposed granite
Diatomaceous earth (natural freshwater)
Dry molasses
Cedar products
Earthworm castings
Fish hydrolysate and fishmeal
Greensand
Gypsum
Horticultural corn meal
Humates and humic acid
Lava sand
Molasses, dry
Kelp meal
Lava sand
Rabbit manure
Rhizofuel
Rock phosphate
Seaweed meal
Soy meal
Sul-Po-Mag
Wheat bran products
Whole ground cornmeal
Zeolite

ACCEPTABLE BASIC LIQUID PRODUCTS

Apple Cider vinegar
Compost tea
Fish hydrolysate (liquid fish)
Garrett Juice mix
Humic acid
Molasses, liquid
Seaweed
Vinegar (apple cider and other fruit-based products)
We used to allow "bridge" or "transition" products that contain synthetic ingredients but no longer believe that is acceptable for organic programs. They are certainly better than pure synthetic products. Some garden centers have their own private label products. Most of those are very good but be sure to read labels and ask questions.

D. UNACCEPTABLE GENERIC FERTILIZER PRODUCTS

Ammonium nitrate
Ammonium sulfate
Biosolids products
BR-61
Ironite
Osmocote
Peters 20-20-20
Scott's Miracle Gro products
Sewer sludge and biosolids products
Superthrive
Synthetic fertilizers
Synthetic growth regulators
Synthetic weed and feed fertilizers
Urea
And all other synthetic fertilizers

E. ACCEPTABLE ORGANIC/NATURAL PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS

Bactimos briquettes
Baking soda
Beneficial insects
Beneficial nematodes
BioWash
Bioblast
Biological products
Bonide mosquito granulars
Bora-Care
Borate Products
Boric acid
Bt products
Bti products
Cedarcide products
Cinnamon products
Citrex
Citric acid products
Citrus products
Clove oil
Cornmeal products
AgraLawn Crabgrass Killer
D-Limonene
Deer Scam
Diatomaceous earth (natural)
Eco PCO D
Eco PCO Exempt
Eugene oil
Essentria Granular Insecticide
Garlic tea products
Garlic pepper tea
Glue Traps
Horticultural Oil
Hydrogen peroxide
Insecticidal soap
Live Traps
Mole Scram
Monterrey herbicidal soap
Mosquito dunks
Neem
Niban (Without PBO)
Orange Oil
Pepper products (red and black)
Potassium bicarbonate
Rabbit Scram
Sluggo Snail & Slug
Spinosad
Summit Mosquito Bits
Summit Mosquito Dunks
Surround WP
Sycthe
Tim-Bor
Vinegar products (from grain alcohol, 10% concentration less, not distilled


from 99% glacial acetic acid).

F. UNACCEPTABLE PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS

2,4-D
Acetic acid (petroleum based)
Amdro
Atrazine
Bayleton
Bayer products
BHA
BHT
Broadleaf herbicides
Clopyralid
Copper products
Daconil
Diazinon
DSMA
Dursban
Ethoxyquin
Finale
Fipronyl products
Funginex
Glyphosate products
Grazon
Ironite
Manage
Merit
MSMA
Orthene
Orthonex
PBO
Pendimethalin
Picloram
Piperonyl butoxide
Pyrethroid products
Pyrethrin
Pyrethrum
Rapid Gro
Rotenone
Round Up
Sabadilla
Silica Gel
SU herbicides
Synthetic fungicides
Vinegar made form glacial acetic acid
And all other toxic synthetic products.