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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Towards a Sustainable Future: An Open Letter to the United Nations Urging Support for Free Organic Certification Agencies

Dear United Nations,

I am writing to you to request your support for the establishment of free organic certification agencies around the world. Organic agriculture is a vital sector for the global economy, as it provides safe, nutritious food, reduces the impact of agriculture on the environment, and generates jobs and income for millions of farmers and agricultural workers. However, many small-scale farmers and producers in developing countries face significant challenges in accessing organic certification, which can limit their ability to benefit from the growing demand for organic products.

The establishment of free organic certification agencies would provide significant benefits to these farmers and producers. By reducing the costs and bureaucratic obstacles associated with organic certification, these agencies would enable small-scale farmers to access global markets, expand their businesses, and increase their incomes. Additionally, free organic certification would promote the use of environmentally sustainable agricultural practices, which can help to mitigate the impact of agriculture on the environment, improve soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite the many benefits of free organic certification, there are some challenges that must be addressed. One of the main challenges is the lack of awareness and understanding of organic agriculture among consumers and policymakers. As a result, there is often a lack of support for organic agriculture, which can limit the growth of the sector. Additionally, there is a need to establish robust regulatory frameworks that can ensure the integrity of organic certification, and prevent fraud and mislabeling.

Therefore, we urge the United Nations to support the establishment of free organic certification agencies around the world. This can be achieved through various means, such as financial support, technical assistance, and capacity building for national and regional certification bodies. By doing so, the United Nations can contribute to the growth and development of organic agriculture, support small-scale farmers and producers, promote sustainable agriculture practices, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Marie Landry CEO of Search For Organics

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