Spinosad Material Fact Sheet
USDA-NOP: considered nonsynthetic, allowed. Preventive, cultural,
mechanical and physical methods must be first choice for pest control, and
conditions for use of a biological material must be documented in the
organic system plan (7CFR 205.206(e)). The National Organic Standards
Board reviewed this substance in May, 2002 and found it to be a permitted
nonsynthetic substance (USDA 2002).
ACTIVE INGREDIENT DESCRIPTION: Spinosad is composed of
spinosyns A and D, substances produced by aerobic fermentation of the
actinomycete species Saccharopolysora spinosa. This rare species was
found in soil samples from an island in the Caribbean in 1982.
Actinomycetes are filamentous bacteria found in the soil that give it a sweet