Rupert Jannasch, a certified organic grower and former inspector comments on the current state of the organic certification system.
The expenses involved in having a trained inspector travel to your establishment, review your organic system plan and paperwork, and write a report for the certification committee represent a relatively small part of the total expense. Most organic certifiers incur costs in maintaining offices and staff to meet client needs, and in managing promotion and education.
My organic inspection is coming up soon—what can I do to make it as painless as possible? Prepare!