We are a group of farmers who think that many certification-bodies leave the door open to organic fraud. They rely on ‘confidence’ more than on controle. Confidence may have been good enough for those farms who started the organic movement, but now it proves to be insufficient.
As some new countries are beginning to produce in massive amounts ( Brasil, China, India, Thailand, Eastern Europe) it is essential that controls will become effective, so that honest and well controlled farmers are not driven to bankrupty by cheating farmers, and customers receive the quality that they pay for.
It may now happen that huge agricultural enterprises are controlled by certifying bodies which they have created themselves (this is hard to prove, but we know it happened in Portugal. See: Portugal) . These local certifiers are in turn only controlled once in every two years by IFOAM’s accreditation body IOAS. These IOAS people (almost) never visit a field. As long as the products have no chemical residue, they can succesfully be sold as organic.
We want this: :
- All production units (farms, packing stations) should be known to the public ( internet) : the full adress, surface area and usual crops.
- Every production unit should be controlled unanounced at least once a year by an inspector.