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Frequently Asked Questions on Participatory Guarantee Systems
Note: the same text is available in Spanish and Portuguese as compiled PDF download (see right column).
General Questions about PGS
Why do we need PGS programs, arenít Third Party Certification systems doing a good enough job?
Where are the origins of the PGS Movement?
How many PGS programs and farmers are there in the world now?
What is the future of PGS?
Why does PGS work as a viable organic verification system?
How do PGS Programs benefit consumers?
Can I as a consumer be involved in the PGS? To what extent?
What is meant by the term participatory? Who participates and to what extent are they included?
Comparing PGS and Third Party/ICS Certification
Is PGS a system of certification, or is certification limited to Third Party systems?
Does PGS compete with Third Party Certification efforts?
What is the difference between a PGS and an ICS?
What advantage is there to an ICS farmer joining a PGS?
Is PGS better then third party certification?
PGS Start-up and Operation
What is the best way to start a PGS?
Is there a manual or guide on how to set up PGS?
Is there a perfect PGS I can look at? Whatís the best PGS program in the world to copy?
Who should we include when we start our PGS?
Is our group a PGS? How do I know? What do I need to do to make it a PGS?
Can my PGS be internationally accredited?
How do you define small and local and PGS operations?
What are the indirect costs associated with PGS Programs?
Who makes the final decisions on allowable practices in a PGS?
PGS and Quality Assurance
How can untrained farmers handle onsite-inspections?
Can local farmers be trusted to report non-compliance of neighbors?
Some PGS programs have included random product testing/pesticide residue testing. Is this integral to the operation of a PGS?
PGS and Markets
Can products from PGS be labeled as organic?
How are PGS Certified Organic products identified?
Can PGS products be exported internationally?
Can PGS products be sold in supermarkets/anonymous distribution channels?
How do you stop retailers from selling fraudulently PGS Organic products?
What international support exists for the PGS model?
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