Global Organic Alliance, Inc (GOA)

CERTIFIER: Global Organic Alliance, Inc (GOA)

WEB SITEgoa-online.org
NOP INFORMATIONorganic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=31
HEADQUARTERSBellefontaine, OH
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONSAR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY
ACCREDITED SCOPESCROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

With a couple of exceptions, GOA was transparent in our survey, in stark contrast to the majority of US certifiers. They have gone the extra step and imposed a moratorium on certifying both hydroponics and factory farms such as egg producers who use porches to qualify as “outdoor access.”

CERTIFIER STANDING: Greenlighted as ethical

CriteriaComments
Hydroponic DetailsCertifies only “grandfathered” hydroponic operation(s), with a moratorium imposed.
Material ReviewUse material review from the NOP standards, OMRI, etc.
Fee StructureThe fee structure is posted on GOA website.
InspectorsInspectors are chosen based on experience, education, and attending GOA workshops.
ImportsDoes not certify operations that import organic products.
Farm SizesTends to certify small and mid-sized farms.
Outdoor Access for PoultryOne long-time entity still uses poultry porches. They have a moratorium imposed on certifying new porch operations.
Pasture AccessPasture access is based on NOP standards.
Livestock AlterationsNo policies on livestock alterations other than NOP rules.
Origin of LivestockNo answer.
Antibiotics in LivestockNo answer.
InspectionsInspections mostly random, or due to complaints or high-risk operations.
Residue TestingResidue testing is done randomly or based on complaints or risk assessment.
Producer Support ServicesClose customer service with all producers, including doing inputs research for clients.