▲ Organic farmer Steve Standish, inaugural president of the Noosa PGS, with wife Tina at the Noosa Farmers’ Market, selling certified organic produce grown on their property at Federal, in Noosa’s Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

A NEW idea is blossoming on the landscape of local, slow, sustainable, organic food. It is called Participatory Guarantee Systems or more simply PGS. It is a system that can certify the local origin and organic provenance of food to guarantee that it is what it claims to be.

Unlike other certification systems, PGS is not bureaucratic, expensive or disempowering. It is intended to be participatory to the extent that it is community-building and most jobs are shared by members and any necessary small expenditures contribute to local employment.

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