>I was told recently by a certified organic farmer that she suspects that
>another certified organic farmer (certified by a different body) has been
>bad-mouthing her to a retailer she has been selling to for years. She
>thinks this farmer raised questions about the validity of the certifying
>body she works with and now the retailer is not buying much from her. This
>is a retailer she has been selling to for many years and their order has
This kind of stuff has gone on for nearly twenty years. That aside, not
all organic certification programs are equal. Politically incorrect to
say so, but some programs *are* better than others, sometimes a LOT
better. It is exasperating for me as an inspector to have a guy I've
inspected deservedly be refused certification, only to crop up a couple
of months later certified by a weaker program. Certain programs have
built their business by being *easy,* and picking up the farms that
can't make it with FVO or OCIA.
Frankly, the average consumer is a long way from being sophisticated
enough that any of this matters --- as long as it says 'organic,'
they'll buy it without asking any questions.
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