Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards - an Essential Update
Canadian Organic Growers presents Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards - an Essential Update. The standards have been revised and updated and the new standards are being launched November 9, 2015. To ensure operators, producers, processors, certifying bodies, and verification officers are up to date on the revisions, COG will be offering webinars this fall and winter (winter dates to be announced).
The webinars are recommended for operators whose products are currently certified to the Canadian Organic Standards (COS), independent organic inspectors, and the personnel of certification bodies and conformity verification bodies who require a knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standard to carry out their work. These webinars may also beneficial to those interested in maintaining a working knowledge of the COS. The cost of each webinar is $25 (tax included).
Presentations will be 45-60 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions at the end.
UPDATE: WEBINARS were offered in November 2015 and February 2016
We have no more scheduled webinars on the horizon. If you are interested in finding out about upcoming webinars and other COG events and promotions, please sign-up for our COG Monthly E-News.
These webinars are being offered in partnership with ACORN. ACORN members can register here.
Part One: Crop Production
The first webinar in the series will examine the changes to the crop production components of the two standards. We will also discuss changes to specialty crops: maple, greenhouse, sprouts, mushrooms and wild-crafting where applicable. Changes to Tables 4.2 & 4.3 of the Permitted Substances List will be reviewed. The webinar is primarily directed towards crop producers but would also be of interest to people involved in any level of the organic regulatory system.
Presenter - Maureen Bostock
Maureen Bostock farmed with her partner, Elizabeth, in northwest British Columbia for 10 years before establishing Sweet Meadow Farm in Balderson, ON, in 2002. They grow certified organic vegetables on 7 acres for sale at the farm gate, local grocery stores and an organic distribution company in Ottawa and are expanding their production to include small grains and legumes. Maureen works part-time as an organic inspector. She represents Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario to the Canadian General Standards Board Organic Technical Committee which oversees the changes to the Canadian Organic Standard. Since 2014, Maureen has taken over the role of convenor of the PSL Crops Working Group and is the chair of the GMO Task Force. Maureen is the author of Canadian Organic Growers’ Practical Skills Handbook: Growing Potatoes Organically from Market Garden to Field Crop.
Part Two: Livestock Production
The second webinar in the series will focus on the changes to the livestock production standards including changes to the Permitted Substances Lists for livestock feed and health care products. The standards for beekeeping and honey production will also be reviewed. The webinar will be of interest to livestock producers and people involved at any level of the organic regulatory system.
Presenter - Anne Macey
Anne Macey has been involved in the organic sector for over 30 years in many different roles. She has contributed as a writer and editor for several COG publications including the Organic Livestock Handbook, A Guide to Understanding the Canadian Organic Standards, and Living with Worms in Organic Sheep Production. Anne was also involved in compiling the Animal Welfare on Organic Farms Fact Sheets. In a past life in Ontario she operated a small, mixed, organic farm and more recently has worked as an organic inspector in BC. Anne represents Canadian Organic Growers on the Canadian General Standards Board Organic Technical Committee and is the convenor of the Livestock Working Group.
Part Three: Preparation Including Processing
The third webinar in the series will examine the changes to the preparation components of the two standards. Preparation includes, with respect to an organic product, the maintenance of organic integrity during post-harvest handling, manufacturing, processing, treatment, preservation, and slaughter. Changes to Sections 6 and 7 of the Permitted Substances Lists will be reviewed. The webinar is primarily directed towards anyone handling organic products as well as processors, but would also be of interest to people involved in any level of the organic regulatory system.
Presenter - Rochelle Eisen
Rochelle’s expertise is years of verification, agriculture extension and consulting work in and outside the organic sphere. She also works with Dr. Brenda Frick and Gunta Vitins under the banner of Resilient Solutions Consulting – “A diverse, skilled and experienced agri-business consulting team that influences positive change through an innovative and open minded approach.” Rochelle is a member of the CFIA’s Standards Interpretation Committee and was the convenor for the Preparation Working Group for the Canadian General Standards Board organic Technical Committee, and as co-convenor for the Agri/Aqua Integration exercise for this latest review. Last but not least, Rochelle is the current president of the Canadian Organic Growers.