CERTIFIER: Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)

WEB SITE www.paorganic.org
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=68
HEADQUARTERS Spring Mills, PA
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, VT, WV
ACCREDITED SCOPES CROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

PCO certifies hydroponic operations, despite language in the organic regulations requiring soil. Their long time Executive Director, an attorney, had been in a protracted battle with their Board of Directors (many of them resigned). Eventually she left and is now running EcoCert. One of the contentious issues between the ED and the PCO board was her long time involvement with the Organic Trade Association where she now sits on the OTA Board of Directors.

CERTIFIER STANDING: Undermining the true meaning of organics

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details Certifies hydroponic operations.
Material Review Unconfirmed
Fee Structure See website for more information.
Inspectors Unconfirmed
Imports Unconfirmed
Farm Sizes Unconfirmed
Outdoor Access for Poultry Unconfirmed
Pasture Access Unconfirmed
Livestock Alterations Unconfirmed
Origin of Livestock Unconfirmed
Antibiotics in Livestock Unconfirmed
Inspections Unconfirmed
Residue Testing Unconfirmed
Producer Unconfirmed