Every five years, the Canadian Organic Standards are updated to keep the standards current. Each update follows a multi-year process of review, during which anyone can submit requests for revisions. The whole process is overseen by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture. The committee was required to produce an update by the end of 2020, and they did! Which is why it seemed very appropriate to invite known standards wonk Rochelle Eisen to give us an interview to help us understand the updates. I was not up to this task, but luckily, organic verification officer Gavin Wright offered to conduct the interview.
This is a re-release of an episode from our early-2021 organic conference podcast.