Standards Interpretation Committee: New comment period March 7-April 7, 2016

From the Organic Federation of Canada:certificationf10

Below are proposed answers to questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30 day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

 NEW COMMENT PERIOD – March 7 to April 7 2016

Click here to consult the proposed answers to the questions raised by stakeholders.

  •  Is copper sulphate allowed as a treatment for fence-posts on pasture? (9)
  •  Under section 7.5.5 d. of 32.310 (Greenhouse crops), how should the soil volume of 70 L/M2 be defined and how should the total growing area be defined? (286)
  • Under section 7.5.5 a) of 32.310, is the requirement of 10% compost by weight or by volume? (287)
  • Under section 7.5.5 c. of 32.310, what does the container height of 12 inches mean? (288)
  • What is the definition of biodegradability as it pertains to the Canadian Organic Standards? (263)
  • Are bioplastic mulches, made from corn, accepted as “biodegradable films” that can be left to decompose in the soil? (79) (253)
  • Can a non-organic agricultural substance such as whey be used as the growing media to manufacture probiotics used as a feed supplement or as an ingredient for food? (252)
  • Is electrolysed water allowed by the Canada Organic Standards? (290)

The proposed responses are subject to a 30 day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in partnership with the Organic Federation of Canada, has developed the Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC).

The objective of the Committee is to provide, to the Canada Organic Office, interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB32.311).

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