Webinar Recording: "The Story Behind the Revised Organic Standards"

Webinar Recording: "The Story Behind the Revised Organic Standards"

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This is a recording of a webinar that took place on October 20, 2020.

Organic grain production will be impacted under the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards: transition of fields from conventional to organic production will be facilitated as it will be possible grow side by side transitional and organic fields of the same variety (parallel production) in the two last years of transition.

A new substance is are also added to fertilize organic land where phosphorous level is sometimes critical: struvite, a substance that martin Entz is testing in the Prairies.

Pandemic and drought also influenced the decision-making in the review process: helping farmers cope with market disruption and climate change were concerns and various solutions have been proposed.

You will also learn about revisions to the organic standards in the areas of poultry production, livestock feed supplements and vaccines, greenhouse production, and more.

The revised Canadian Organic Standard will be published in November 2020; Nicole Boudreau presents the key modifications that certified organic operators will have to comply with for the upcoming five years.

Speaker Bio:

Nicole Boudreau is a biologist and the coordinator of the Organic Federation of Canada. Since 2007, she manages the review and interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standard, and the Organic Science Cluster 3 Project, which includes 27 research activities in organic agriculture across Canada. Her motivation: to make organic agriculture easy to understand and to apply.