Originally Posted by BubbaBear
@ BongFu that's sad to hear. Our greedy government has made it near impossible to be a mom n pop grower with all the permit and compliance costs and based on what your saying It sounds like they've done the same thing to the nutrient industry. What happens if you try to sell a unregistered product on ebay or etsy? I assume the government would crush you with fines?
Its really the price of doing business legally in the US. The problem is that the med game is a niche industry (still) and there are lots of manufacturers competing for the dollars. As a result hiring lawyers to apply for EPA registration and then the registration cost itself is grossly exorbitant (in excess of 100K in many/most cases unless you are able to ride off the back of an existing registration) so manufacturers need to chance their luck and not register products. If they get busted they get fined a thousand or so so its a hell of a lot cheaper than registering with the EPA. So, for example, all the Rhizo type products contain synthetic auxins but these can be masked by kelp which has naturally occurring auxins in it. When they test for compliance lo and behold there's them auxins only did they come from the kelp or were they added? End result is the lab gets what's called a false positive where they may suspect but they can't prove.
Oh and on your point of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)and SA being about the same thing. Correct. Although aspirin is only 76.6% SA so the conversion factor is divide by 0.766 to establish SA in aspirin - although you also need the purity of the aspirin to get things dialed in.