What Are The Organic Standards For Soil?

What Are The Organic Standards For Soil?

To be considered organic, your product must first meet the Canadian Organic Standards which are enforced by the Organic Products Regulations. This means any product that you see in stores with the Canada Organic (Biologique Canada) logo actively meets the posted standards. Most consumers inherently know that to be considered organic a product must meet certain requirements. However, a majority of Canadians don’t know what those requirements are.

Is There A Purpose To Organic Standards?

How do you spot the organic fruit in the supermarket? It’s easy, you look for the Canada Organic sticker! While many customers trust the Canada Organic logo, they don’t actually know what standards a product adorned with this image upholds. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that the product customers purchase actually align with the definition of organic. This is a vital part of keeping integrity up among organic companies, as well as a way to regulate product quality from brand to brand. To the surprise of many, these standards aren’t always what a consumer might expect. There are other organic certifications products can get as well. For example, all of the Delicious Dirt products are also Pro-Cert Certified Organic

Why Does Soil Need Organic Regulations?

When it comes to organic products, the soil is typically the last item many people consider.  However, the truth is that if the ground isn’t organic, neither is the garden or the resulting plants. If the soil isn’t organic, the plants won’t be either, even if you go out of your way to purchase certified organic seeds. Why does dirt matter so much? Honesty, you’d be surprised what you could find in the soil around your home! The most common culprits are pesticides and oil, as well as chemicals, brought in by rain runoff. Organic soil is an all natural product that is produced to provide the best environment and nutritional value for optimal plant growth. The standards ensure that each product meets the requirement so that customers are confident in the quality of their purchase.

What Exactly Are These Standards?

The basis of these standards are the general principles guiding Canada Organic. These principles, or beliefs, are considered the pillars of the organic movement as well.

  • Actively protect the environment and decrease pollution,          while minimizing soil degradation and erosion.
  • Focus on maintaining long-term soil fertility through                      conditions designed to optimize biological activity within            the soil.
  • Ensure the maintenance to biological diversity in the                    soil’s ecosystem.
  • Leave the smallest mark possible.  Aim to recycle                              materials and resources to the greatest extent possible.
  • Emphasize the accurate processing and handling                               techniques required throughout production to maintain             the organic integrity and qualities required by Canada                 Organic.
  • Model your business to rely on renewable resources in                locally organized agricultural systems.

When it comes to soil, these standards include which substances, methods, and ingredients may or may not be used. The environmental factors of each component must be taken into consideration as well. Organic farmers are required to actively enhance soil fertility by promoting optimal biological activity within the dirt. This means organic soil needs to include ingredients that increase the soil humus levels, which promote an optimum balance of nutrients for the produce. It is also required that organic soil sources compost ingredients from recycled plant or animal residues. Any pest control additions to an organic soil must also be ecologically-based, as chemical-based pesticides are not considered organic.

These standards are vital to preserving the organic integrity and quality of organic products, including soil. All of our soils are 100% all natural and are consistent with the requirements outlined by both Canada Organic and Pro-Cert. We believe that these regulations are a vital part of the organic movement and ensuring that customers are purchasing the quality of the product advertised to them. For more information about organic regulations or where to find Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt, please feel free to contact us today!