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CANADIAN ROUNDTABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE CROPS RELEASES CODE OF PRACTICE CONSULTATION FEEDBACK
Source: Canadian Roundtable For Sustainable Crops news release

Ottawa, ON - The results of an extensive five-month industry consultation on the Responsible Grain draft Code of Practice are now available online. Posted on the Responsible Grain website, responsiblegrain.ca, the feedback was gathered from over 24 consultation sessions and hundreds of survey responses from Canadian farmers and commodity organizations.

The feedback has been summarized into a report highlighting the overall findings, general comments about the Code and recommended practices, feedback on module requirements and next steps.

"There was a high level of engagement and input throughout the consultation process. In fact, 92% of the participants were farmers, with representation from across Canada," says Jason Lenz, Chair, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops Steering Committee (CRSC), explaining that more than 850 participants reviewed and shared their comments on the proposed Code through an online survey.

Responsible Grain is a proposed, voluntary national Code of Practice that is intended to demonstrate Canadian grain farmers' care and commitment to the environment. This proactive approach is meant to address consumers' priorities that will help earn public trust, as well as to assist in responding to sustainability issues in international grain markets.

The summary of consultation results marks the next phase in the development of the Responsible Grain Code of Practice. The CRSC Steering Committee will be analyzing and assessing the consultation results, communications and consultation process used to develop the draft Code. The next steps in the process will see the development of a "white paper" that will investigate the utility, limitations and feasibility of a voluntary Code of Practice to enhance/maintain "public trust" and "market access." This work is expected to be complete by fall 2021 and all results will be available to Canadian grain farmers at that time.

"The consultation participants asked some fundamental questions about market access, public trust, feasibility and the cost/benefit to farmers," says Lenz. "We'll focus on the questions posed by farmers as we analyze the feedback and consultation results. And after a thorough review, the CRSC Steering Committee will determine the best way to move forward."

To read a summary of the Responsible Grain Code of Practice consultation, please visit Responsiblegrain.ca.


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