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Greenhouse Task Force proposes changes to Canadian Organic Standards

Since 2009, all foods produced and sold in Canada that carry the Canada logo have been certified to the Canadian Organic Standards.

Referenced by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, the COS must be updated and validated every year.

The public review has now started. Farmers, processors, consumers and others are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the Standard.

The Greenhouse Task Force has proposed significant changes. The text has been reorganized to make it easier to understand and the Greenhouse Crop Production section has been renamed “Protected Crop Structures and Containers".

The section applies only to a particular type of production. For example, if you have a greenhouse with crops grown in the ground without supplemental heating or lighting, this section does not apply. You can just follow the general guidelines on crop production. The issue of artificial lighting in greenhouses has been the subject of much debate; the proposed text only allows it for crops harvested within 60 days.

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