Guide to buying Herbs and Spice online! CERTIFIED ORGANIC EXPLOITATION!
Welcome to my next guide - CERTIFIED ORGANIC EXPLOITATION!. In this guide I will cover how some unscrupulous sellers are passing off conventionally grown products as "CERTIFIED" Organic products. Their motivation and how to avoid being stung.
This is an alarming trend that I have been observing and it's growing like a virus.
I will use an example that I know very well, Black Chia seed. We sell premium grade Black Chia seed that is conventionally grown in the volcanic soils of Bolivia(ok, enough of a plug there). We can back up all of our information with a laboratory analysis certificate and also a manufacturers analysis certificate too. Both of which are submitted to AQIS(Australian Quarantine Inspection Service) for importation into Australia.
Chia seed is a fairly expensive seed as far as seeds go. And Organic seed is much more expensive, it's only logical. Every other product is priced like this: Organic product is more expensive than Conventionally grown. Recently there has been a trend of sellers popping up who sell "CERTIFIED ORGANIC" product as a similar price as conventionally grown.
This absurdity can be explained one of two ways:
1. Short dated(close to Best Before date) stock is being dumped at a reduced rate. This option is very rare as Organic product is brought in small quantities and companies that handle Organic Product wouldn't want to bastardise their product. A more realistic scenario which exists for dumping of product close to expiry is to use it for manufacturing something like muesli bars and alike. And then there's another more plausible explanation
2. The product being marketed as "CERTIFIED ORGANIC" is simply not Organic but is being passed off as such. This is rather simple to do and isn't policed or reinforced.
Now you're probably sitting reading this and feeling disillusioned by that "Certified Organic" product that you've bought off ebay. Well here is a simple way of knowing that you are in fact buying "CERTIFIED ORGANIC" and if is as simple as reading the back a little: CERTIFIED means that it must have a ......CERTIFICATE. And if the listing that you're buying from doesn't have a copy of the Certified Organic Cetrificate then you can safely say that you are being DUPED, CHEATED or SCAMMED. Why am I so certain of this? Well it's quite simple. If the people selling "CERTIFIED ORGANIC" product can use a camera to take a photo of product then they can definitely take a photo of the certificate. And ask yourself wouldn't you post a photo of the certificate to prove AUTHENTICITY. I know I would. Or ask the seller for a copy of the certificate, if they give you spin about how this information is private or some lame excuse like this then it's a SCAM.
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