Organic by Trust: Participatory Guarantee Systems of Certification (PGS)

Mathew John, World Board Member at IFOAM, Director at Keystone Foundation that runs the Last Forest brand, talks about how PGS systems are working today in India and abroad.

How do you know your food is organic? The most popular method is the third party certification. However, recently, driven by costs, time and accessibility issues involved in third party certification, an alternative movement has been emerging.

PGS offer a complementary, low-cost, locally-based system of quality assurance, with a heavy emphasis on social control and knowledge building. PGS, as a complementary method to third-party certification, is essential to the continued growth of the Organic Movement especially if we want to include poorer small-holder farmers who have the most to benefit from Organic.

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