Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)

CERTIFIER: Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)

WEB SITEwww.paorganic.org
NOP INFORMATIONorganic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=68
HEADQUARTERSSpring Mills, PA
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONSAZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, VT, WV
ACCREDITED SCOPESCROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

PCO certifies hydroponic operations, despite language in the organic regulations requiring soil. There 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

CriteriaComments
Hydroponic DetailsCertifies hydroponic operations.
Material ReviewUnconfirmed
Fee StructureSee website for more information.
InspectorsUnconfirmed
ImportsUnconfirmed
Farm SizesUnconfirmed
Outdoor Access for PoultryUnconfirmed
Pasture AccessUnconfirmed
Livestock AlterationsUnconfirmed
Origin of LivestockUnconfirmed
Antibiotics in LivestockUnconfirmed
InspectionsUnconfirmed
Residue TestingUnconfirmed
ProducerUnconfirmed