We believe in the farmer and clean rush methodology

Our Unique Testing Approach

Biodynamic Practices are more natural so here is what we are doing.

The State of California regulators have shown themselves to be the advocate of the biodynamic farmer in enacting regulations that recognize and allow for biodynamic farming practices by focusing on the detection of bacteria or molds that represent a real risk to human health and by NOT requiring a quantitative Total Aerobic Bacteria count, nor a quantitative mold count.  

The Golden Tarp has decided...

Disqualification for microbial contamination will occur if the lab can detect the presence of harmful bacteria or dangerous mold or the evidence of their presence in the form of mycotoxins OR if the non-toxic contamination exceeds 5% by weight of the cannabis product being inspected.  Pure Analytics sponsors The Golden Tarp Awards

 

What does that mean?

 

It means we are not going to fail you organic farmers because of your use of biodynamic cultivation practices and the microbe levels it produces. Bring your cannabis that fails under current standards in. As long as there is no presence of HARMFUL microbes and bacteria AND you meet American Herbal Pharmacopeia Microbial standards then you are good. You will be able to compete.

This is a boon to the biodynamic farmer and represents a thoughtful analysis of available data from fresh produce and agricultural crops such as Bay Leaves. Read a more detailed breakdown and data points presented here. 

 

What are those standards?

AHP vs City of Berkeley vs State of CA Microbial Limits Comparison

 AHP Microbial Limits: (WHAT THE GOLDEN TARP WILL ABIDE BY)

SAMPLE TYPE

AEROBIC PLATE COUNT

TOTAL YEAST AND MOLD

TOTAL COLIFORMS

E.COLI/SALMONELLA

Unprocessed Materials*

100,000 CFU

10,000 CFU

1000 CFU

Not Detected in 1g

Processed Materials**

100,000 CFU

10,000 CFU

1000 CFU

Not Detected in 1g

CO2 & Solvent-based extracts

10,000 CFU

1000 CFU

100 CFU

Not Detected in 1g

vs

City of Berkeley Microbial Limits: (CURRENTLY HELD LIMITS)

Sample Type

AEROBIC PLATE COUNT

TOTAL YEAST AND MOLD

TOTAL COLIFORMS

E.COLI/SALMONELLA

PSEUDOMONAS

All cannabis products*

<100,000 CFU

<10 CFU

<1,000 CFU

0 CFU

<1,000 CFU

vs

State of CA Microbial Limits: (UNDER CURRENT CONSIDERATION)

Sample Type

AEROBIC PLATE COUNT

TOTAL YEAST AND MOLD

TOTAL COLIFORMS

E.COLI/SALMONELLA

PSEUDOMONAS

All cannabis products*

Not required

Less than 5% of total product weight by visual inspection

Not required

0 CFU

Not required

We want to share this with the State of California

The Golden Tarp Awards is committed to supporting the real interests of both the consumer and farmer.  The contest fully supports the position established by the State of CA and is excited to present a set of data at the culmination of the event that demonstrates the reasonableness of regulations as established by the state.

What's happening to the Northern California cannabis community

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”.

We believe in working with the State to bring better regulations to our industry that is more inclusive and still protects the consumer.