CERTIFIER: Global Organic Alliance, Inc (GOA)

WEB SITE goa-online.org
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=31
HEADQUARTERS Bellefontaine, OH
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS AR, 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 SCOPES CROPS, 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

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details Certifies only “grandfathered” hydroponic operation(s), with a moratorium imposed.
Material Review Use material review from the NOP standards, OMRI, etc.
Fee Structure The fee structure is posted on GOA website.
Inspectors Inspectors are chosen based on experience, education, and attending GOA workshops.
Imports Does not certify operations that import organic products.
Farm Sizes Tends to certify small and mid-sized farms.
Outdoor Access for Poultry One long-time entity still uses poultry porches. They have a moratorium imposed on certifying new porch operations.
Pasture Access Pasture access is based on NOP standards.
Livestock Alterations No policies on livestock alterations other than NOP rules.
Origin of Livestock No answer.
Antibiotics in Livestock No answer.
Inspections Inspections mostly random, or due to complaints or high-risk operations.
Residue Testing Residue testing is done randomly or based on complaints or risk assessment.
Producer Support Services Close customer service with all producers, including doing inputs research for clients.