Representatives from across Canada’s grain sector are in Ottawa today for the launch of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops.
The group will serve as a forum for “advancing, reporting on and communicating the sustainability of Canadian grain production.”
“Increasingly, our customers are factoring in environmental and social considerations when sourcing products,” said Chantelle Donahue, co-chair of the CRSC and chair of the Canada Grains Council, in a statement. “It is important for grains sector stakeholders to respond in a cohesive and proactive manner to the opportunities and challenges presented by the growing demand for sustainably-grown ingredients.”
Similar to the national beef roundtable, the CRSC is working on developing a sustainability metrics platform for grain production.
“Canadian agriculture has a great story to tell about our successes in reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mark Brock, the other co-chair of the CRSC and a director with Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The CRSC will provide a national forum to showcase Canada’s performance in the area of agriculture sustainability and engage all value chain stakeholders in responding to marketplace demands.”
Membership in the forum is voluntary. The current members include the Canada Grains Council, Canola Council of Canada, Pulse Canada, Cereals Canada, Barley Council of Canada, Flax Council ofCanada, Grain Growers of Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Prairie Oat Growers Association, CropLife Canada, Cargill, McDonalds, and Canadian Fertilizer Institute.