At a recent meeting in Cornwall, ON, organic reps were told by CFIA that the Canada Organic Standards would soon be available for free download. If you’re not sure of the relevance of this, read on…
The Standards are held by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), which charge everyone about $60 to download them (they claim this is for “overhead”). CGSB is very serious about their money too and have some very strict copy write language around it (ie. only one copy of the standards can be used by one user – if you want a copy on both your personal computers, you’re supposed to buy two copies!!).
The Standards used to be available for free download, but since the new version was passed in 2008, the old agreement was null.
And if you think CGSB just came around to “reason”, think again. This is the Government of Canada paying CGSB (and a very hefty sum, I’m sure) for our ability to access them. Yep, the Canadian Organic Office (CFIA) has been hard at work to strike a new deal.
Finally, what it means to be organic in Canada will be transparent again.