Organic Materials Review Institute

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WARNING! Sewage sludge is toxic. Food should not be grown in "biosolids." Join the Food Rights Network.

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) describes itself as "a national nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. OMRI Listed -- or approved -- products may be used on operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program. ... Mainly, however, the organization generates income through fees collected for the review of products intended for use in organic production or processing." [1]

It is illegal under the National Organic Standards Act to grow food in sewage sludge (aka biosolids) that is sold as certified organic food. No composts, soils, fertilizers or amendments containing sewage sludge are certified by OMRI. Sewage Sludge (aka Biosolids) are listed on the OMRI site as prohibited in organic agriculture, citing "NOP Rule: 205.105(g) & 205.203(e)(2)" and "NOP Rule: 205.105(g" [2]

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  1. [ About OMRI, OMRI Website Accessed 4/19/11
  2. Biosolids, Accessed on OMRI website 4/19/11.

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