Organizations like the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) have been taking strides in recent years to develop standards for these alternative products. The private nonprofit group is in charge of determining whether a product, such as a repellent, may qualify as organic. Unlike chemical pesticides, each approved organic product must pass a set of rigorous standards to comply with USDA organic regulations. The criteria for these organic-certified products are put in place to reduce negative effects to people, animals, and the environment.
“Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. It has 12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms, and absolutely nothing else to offer.” …The chemical formula for cocaine is C17H21NO4. Sugar’s formula again is C12H22O11. For all practical purposes, the difference is that sugar is missing the “N”, or nitrogen atom.”