The need for an alternate organic certification system which could be community owned and based on verifiable trust led a team of renowned pioneers in the field to come together to where ‘PGSOC’ started. A meaningful journey from 2006, dedicated to bring an inclusive platform for many small and marginal farmers and to bridge the gap between consumers and producers.
The PGSOC guarantee system is derived by homogenizing the common values from the diverse social and cultural control systems and mechanisms existing in communities locally. Participation of all stakeholders, verifiable trust, shared vision, horizontality, transparency and knowledge sharing forms the pillars of this guarantee system. Adherence to this guarantee system enables the usage of PGSOC label which acts as a mark of quality.
Each of our member organisations work in different agroclimatic zones with produce unique to the climate and terrain. Every member chosen as a facilitating council are selected by the existing board of members with atmost care after reviewing them according to PGS principles and an existing referral.
PGSOC envisions a future of socially, ecologically and economically just food systems guaranteed by Trust and participation, driven by traditional ecological knowledge systems and co-owned and controlled by communities adhering to principles of co-operation. We have precisely articulated our manifesto in line with this vision. The manifesto expresses our intentions, motives and views.