While farmers who don’t use chemical pesticides and have been in control of their soil, amendments and seedlings don’t have a lot of concern about failing for pesticides, many farmers are expressing increasing concern over “passing” microbial standards. This fear has been generated by the frequent rejection of outdoor cannabis declared as “failing” microbial analysis in comparison to standards established by the City of Berkeley.
Seeing an inordinate impact are the farmers who employ biodynamic practices that are characterized by the use of beneficial microbes to control plant diseases and pests. These beneficial bacteria and fungi take up host in the plant and consume plant pathogens such as Powdery mildew or attack insects such as Broad mites preventing them from destroying the crop, while using practices totally safe for the consumer. As a result of applying these beneficial microbes many farmers’ cannabis will not pass the “Berkeley Standard”.