Organic Cotton certification fraud

An article in the New York Times ( February 13, 2022) titled “That Organic Cotton T-Shirt May Not Be as Organic as You Think”, describes the certification challenges for organic cotton in India. Despite commanding $ 25 to $ 46 for Michael Kors hoodi e and Urban Outfitters sweatpants, the yield for organic cotton is 28% lower, and the cotton prices not adequately higher, thus making farmers  worse off . With international certifying agencies using local auditors often paid by suppliers, fraud is rampant. Who should be held responsible, the international auditing agencies or manufacturers? Is cancelling use of certified organic claims, as Eileen Fisher did, the solution? How should cotton farmers be protected from the lower yield related cost?

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1 Response to Organic Cotton certification fraud

  1. Kyle Harshbarger says:

    A blockchain certification would allow you to audit the certification. Someone had to detect this fraud, so whomever is caught would flag the entire graph of his/her behavior.

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