California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA DPR) still thinks it can control worm poop. And it’s still hunting George Hahn and haunting his worm poop product in the California courts.
A previous report tells the sad-but-true story of the Federal EPA and CA DPR ganging up on worm poop. Worm castings are, ahem, the proper words for the plant fertilizer that not only provides natural nutrients to plant soil, but also keeps whiteflies away from plants as an added benefit.
Natural plant nutrient
George Hahn makes a product called Worm Gold© that both plant growers and their plants love. Worm Gold is worm poop and is called the natural fertilizer that it is. The EPA and CA DPR want George to call it a pesticide so they can control both George and his worm poop. But George will have none of it on principle. Because worm poop is a fertilizer, not a pesticide. And a natural, non-toxic one at that.
Expand and control
But that argument didn’t wash with the CA DPR. They went after George, requiring him to register his product as a pesticide, nevermind that it’s not. Besides, the CA DPR says it would regulate water if it was used to remove pests! How about that for some government expand-and-control?
If that’s not going too far, consider this: George was slapped with a hefty fine ($100,000) and still required to put his product under CA DPR control by registering it as a pesticide.
Talk about government agencies wanting to put small businesses out of business!
Talk about environmental agencies protecting their own turf rather than the environment!
Talk about unreasonable expansion of control, money-mongering, and greed!
George appealed for the CA DPR case against Worm Gold to be dropped. Nope. Denied.
A hearing was held on October 13 on the George Hahn v. CA DPR worm poop case. George engaged two technical experts to support his stance. Unfortunately for George, the court could not connect the second expert in by phone. (And you thought California was the leader in technology?)
The argument that Worm Gold is a natural non-toxic material unqualified for CA DPR jurisdiction, again, fell on deaf ears….even if technical testimony came only from one expert instead of two. The fact that the CA DPR was hurting the environment rather than helping it was unacceptable as well.
Makes one wonder whether the CA DPR has any sense at all. ( I’m getting to think California is the leader in irrational thought.)
The saga continues
George Hahn and his poop product continue to be attacked in California, despite that no other state in the Union has any restrictions on worm castings.
But George’s cause has attracted the attention of some legislators who can think straight in California and aren’t just filling up government jobs with empty suits. (Aside: A friend of mine once said, “a politician is just an empty suit.” ) Their approach is to write legislation that would prevent the CA DPR from trying to cover natural non-toxic materials like worm castings.
Make more laws to control the unlawful actions of government agencies wanting to take the law into their own hands. This must be the way they do things in California. It’s George Hahn’s only hope.
Meanwhile, the worms of the world continue to do their natural stuff in the soil, providing nutrients, aerating, and fertilizing the plants that provide food and flowers. Let’s see if the government will let them continue their work. Stay tuned.
Sources: private communications; personal observations; sources cited and embedded in previous worm poop article.