I was wondering if anyone could explain the differnce between regular wild herbs and organic wild herbs one of my buyers is considering going into organic,s and i would like to know more about them if anyone has knowledge and wants to pass it along. thanks in advance guys.
I checked into it and in my opinion it is mostly a cash grab.
You 'certify' certain things required by the certifying organization (normally private for profit company) they look over your answers to see if you complied with their guidelines and only used things as they approve (materials and methods). You pay them a bunch of money and they give you an organic certification.
Normally this is worth more...and more and more some companies -especially the domestic herbal markets- are requiring organic certification to consider your product.
I had a buyer who was considering going organic with some of the rootlets I was to supply. However, I had to supply organic rootlets for that to work. The cost to me would have started at over $800/year.
Look around the web...there is a ton of info out there.
Leebros, the guys are spot on. In order to be able to afford to be certified, you better be able to produce mass volume of a product. My wife and I have a farm in Florida. We use all natural methods of production, no chemicals. We were considering the organic certification, until we found out it would run about 5 grand a year. For a small scale farm, raising children and no government freebies, we decided no way. Thats a hard hit every year. Now, yes, you do fetch higher prices on your product, you just have to produce a lot. Organics is the wave of the future. Steady increases in demand, not enough supply for demand, monsanto reporting losses etc. The question is, how much can you produce?