Re: [tomato] blights

Olin (
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 07:40:49 -0700

From: John Sorge <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: [tomato] blights

>Any copper fungicide is, by definition, not organic.  Organic, as I
>understand it, means some compound of carbon and another commonly occurring
>element such as oxygen.  etc...

There are many "organic" gardeners who are aware of the branch of chemistry
concerned with carbon compounds, have also taken classes in organic and
inorganic chemistry, and are aware of the chemical definition of the term
"organic".  But most have accepted the term "organic gardening" with the
knowledge that the term is chemically imprecise (as applied to organic
chemistry) and don't get too hung up over it.  Most organic gardeners
practice the "organic gardening" discipline" to avoid using synthetic
chemicals whose harmful effects are not known and to practice
environmentally responsible gardening.

The 10th Edition of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary lists one of the
definitions of "organic" as":

"of, relating to, yielding or involving the use of food produced with the
use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of
chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or