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Our Moral Compass: Pesticides, Chemicals, and Organic Standards for Hemp Oil CBD
2015 was a rough year for the hemp and cannabis industries in Colorado, thanks to the scandal caused when many growers who claimed to be farming organic or green were caught dumping pesticides on their fields. A number of chemicals that are against the regulations set by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, such as AvidR and MalletR, were showing up at alarming levels in tested products. Several organizations and state legislators have worked tirelessly to try and get legislation passed in Colorado to regulate the industry and provide protection to the consumer for such a massively, directly affecting the body* group of products. So far most of the bills have been let die, and private efforts have fallen flat. That is unfortunate both for consumers and conscientious hemp companies like High Plateau Nutraceuticals, the parent company that produces Vid-CBD.
Who Gets to Regulate Hemp is Up to Us – and You
It is important that the industry come together, and we are. A lot of work is pouring in from around the nation and worldwide for self-regulation in the exploding hemp industry. When the Farm Bill was signed in December, 2018, it had languished in Congress for four years. Those of us who care deeply about how we farm, the major positive impact on American agriculture the hemp industry is already having, and the products we grow and produce know that if we do not get our act together and regulate ourselves, the government will do it for us. That equates to branches that still cannot agree one from another about legalities, definitions, and how much money is pumped in for lobbying by companies that do not have nature or your health necessarily anywhere in their profit gain interests. They sure would love to control the industry, though, most likely to put it out of business and out to pasture once again so they can push their artificial, addictive, created alternatives on you with no economical, healthy competition.
Those of us in the hemp and cannabis industries sure do not want that, and neither should you. You should have a choice about what goes into your system and where you spend your money. American farmers should be allowed to grow healthy crops that benefit the country economically with a quality consumable.
Organic CBD Oil is Super Important – Here’s How We Do It
HPN, the parent company making Vid-CBD products, has a long background in green and sustainable agricultural practices. We hold very strong opinions about using pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, artificial fertilizers, artificial compost, genetically altered seeds and plants, and questionable soil and manufacturing practices. You will never find any of our products that have been treated with any pesticide, fungicide, insecticide, or artificial fertilizer product. We utilize only natural pest controls, most often with beneficial insect control or hand monitoring. This is also why we are so diligent about testing our soil and carefully selecting our seed sources, as we like to err on the side of caution. If we do not start with GMO or GE materials, you are not going to get them in our final products, either.
HPN had a long-standing commitment to green agricultural and healthy conservation practices long before we even entered the hemp industry years ago. We know that to have a healthy planet, we have to do our part, and it takes more than talk and a lot of money thrown at a certificate to hang on the wall. It is daily walking our talk to make sure that the cleanest, healthiest materials go in all our CBD products. We know our sources, and we diligently police the chain of control on all inventory. It is an ethical, moral responsibility we have both to current and future generations.
That said we would like to tackle the topic of “organic”. Sadly, very sadly, organic and natural labeling is pretty much worth as much as the paper it is written on – period. The federal standards are low, and states including our own utilize private vendors to provide certification. The process is arduous, not highly effective, expensive, and honestly, does not prove much. There is a movement for standards to be established, including those controlling pesticide use in Colorado, and we are firmly in support of solid, enforceable, standards being established that have a real basis they are founded upon, rather than just paperwork money is thrown at. Several organic hemp associations have tried to form, to varying points of success. We here at Vid will continue to work with the band of conscientious farmers and manufacturers we know strive for the highest standards we can reach and maintain to give you the best products possible.
The biggest issue is there was no way to legally certify hemp as organic until the 2014 Farm Bill was passed and signed on December 20, 2018. The USDA had made one exception in Colorado, and even by their admission it was grey area and was done pretty much as a test case against the FCSA. Claims to be organic certified was marketing information only, and due to the time it takes to gain certification – 3 years minimum – the time requirement obviously has not been met. That includes us! Do we grow organically? Yes. In fact, we are well above federal organic standards on our farm. Do others? Some, yes. Do the responsible growers and manufacturers follow organic standards? Most of us far surpass them. Why? Because we care, and prefer to go to bed at night and sleep with a clear conscious. We know what is healthy for humans and pets and good for the planet.
When a good vehicle is available for organic standard certification in the industry, HPN will be the first to support it. It has to be worth it and transparent, a value to our customers, though. We believe in passing value forward, and doing it the good old- fashioned way – with integrity, hard work, and intention. That includes our strict growing methods and rigorous attention to manufacturing and bottling the best, cleanest possible CBD products with the highest bioavailable components we can capture.
You have our word on that.