What to look for when choosing biological products
Most of us carefully read the label before buying something in the store. And if in the product we find a bunch of preservatives, artificial flavors, GMOs or, for example, palm oil - most often, put this product aside.
However, few people read the labels of plant protection products (especially biological ones) or fertilizers. And that’s all - like an elephant from a cartoon about detectives of kolobok brothers - “at the sound of a flute we lose our will to resist” and buy without hesitation, because BIO, ECO ... And at this moment you need to include all your attention, vision and thinking.
"Why?" - perhaps you ask. We answer. In the wake of the growing interest in plant biosecurity and growing vegetables without chemicals, a crowd of illegal “manufacturers” and illegal “drugs” literally surged into the market of plant protection products (whose effectiveness and safety are not confirmed by anything other than the words of the manufacturer).
Until 2011, there was state control to ensure that all drugs that go on sale in stores have state registration. The presence of state registration indicates that all key authorities (toxicologists, ecologists and other specialists) unanimously confirmed the effectiveness and safety of this drug. The procedure is mandatory for chemicals, and biological, as well as for any type of fertilizer (including microbiological), both Russian and foreign production.
Now the market control system for plant protection products is not working. No one controls the trading organizations for availability of state drugs. registration, so they trade in what is for sale. In such a situation, all the risks from the use of such biological products and fertilizers lie on your shoulders. As they say, the salvation of drowning people is the work of the drowning people themselves.
Someone will say - so what? This is a biological product, nothing will happen. But not so simple. For example, a strain of a microorganism that the manufacturer has taken as an active substance may be phytopathogenic (i.e., cause plant diseases). For example, a case is known when one of the manufacturers of unregistered drugs wrote that Erwinia carotovora, a bacterium that is actually the causative agent of black legs and soft rot in plants, is part of his drug.
Therefore, if you use an unregistered drug, it turns out that you do not think about your future, do not value your work and do not care about the most valuable thing - about your health.
To ensure that when buying a biological product / fertilizer that it is safe and effective, pay attention to the following information on the package:
- Active substance (indicating the type, genus and strain of the microorganism, and not just useful soil microorganisms / bacteria);
- Concentration (titer);
- No. TU (No. of technical conditions);
- State registration number;
- Registrant - name and contact details;
- Manufacturer - name and contact details;
- Registration number of container label;
High, quality and safe harvests for you!
Union of manufacturers of biological products.