This article is featured within the debate around food production and provisioning, notably around organic agriculture and certifications systems. Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGSs) represent an example which is currently spreading across several countries in the World. Starting from the latest theories on Civic Agriculture (CA), this paper draws PGSs when compared to other ways of guarantee. These phenomena are not exactly new. In fact, it has been observed a continuous growth of these experiences over the last years. The aim is to describe main examples of PGSs in Italy.
Keywords: Organic certifications, participatory guarantee systems, organic agriculture, civic agriculture, alternative food networks, sustainability.