Launch A National Organic Standard & Certification Process for Trinidad & Tobago
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It is necessary to have a regulatory board that recognizes the value of "organic" food production in our country. This will include an organic label and standard that is recognized by growers, consumers, public and private parties nation-wide. This body is responsible for the organic certification process and doing the necessary farm visits to ensure that the farm/ grower is growing under agreed upon rules/ regulations and with transparent records. This would assist the economic growth of the local, organic industry up the value chain while supporting the work of grassroots, non profit and private sector already doing the work. This will reduce our dependency on foreign, "organic" products. The hope is to reduce misunderstandings of what "organic" means for our country, by looking at other Caribbean "organic" standard examples such as Jamaica. This would create employment opportunities of technical officers which promote a more sustainable food system.
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