Formed in 2014, founding members of the CRSB had a vision of creating a collaborative space to make continual progress in the sustainability of beef production in Canada, rooted in science, with contribution from all aspects of the supply chain and beyond.
The CRSB is a regional roundtable of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and share its vision of a world where beef is a trusted part of a thriving food system in which the beef value chain is environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.
That the Canadian beef value chain is a global leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability and part of a trusted and thriving food system.
Advance, measure and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the Canadian beef value chain.
What We Do
Through our collaborative membership, we work to advance this mission through three core areas.
Principles of Sustainability
Our definition of sustainability is based around five guiding principles of beef sustainability as defined by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) all underpinned by the need for economic viability and resiliency across the beef supply chain.
People & Community
Animal Health & Welfare
Efficiency & Innovation
Conserving and enhancing ecosystem health by managing our natural resources responsibly.
This includes practices that maintain and enhance water, grasslands, wetlands, pastureland and native ecosystems. It means using practices that support soil health, carbon sequestration and minimizing emissions, supporting habitat for wildlife on lands used for beef production, and it means responsibly managing air quality for people and animals.
Supporting people and communities means respecting and protecting human rights. It also means supporting and recognizing the critical roles that our farmers and ranchers, and all participants within the beef value chain play in their community regarding culture, heritage, employment, land rights and health.
The care of animals is of the upmost importance to those raising cattle and beef. Farmers, ranchers and processors respect and manage animals to ensure their health and welfare.
Animal health and welfare practices on Canadian farms and ranches follow the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle and Veal Calves as development by the National Farm Animal Care Council. These Codes provide a reference point and contain required and recommended practices for animal care and handling in Canada.
These practices include the five freedoms of animal well-being – health, nutrition, mental state, environment and behaviour. It means providing adequate access to food and water, providing grazing and feeding areas conducive to natural behaviour. It also means responsible antimicrobial use and consulting with veterinarians, animal nutritionists and other experts, and treating animals when needed.
Everyone involved in producing Canadian beef wants to provide the most healthy, safe, nutritious and sustainable food for your family and theirs, alike.
Supporting a sustainable and resilient food system requires commitment at every stage of the chain and beyond. Effective food safety plans, traceability and information-sharing systems, as well as government oversight by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are key to our success.
While you can aim to reduce waste at home, we also support efforts to minimize food waste, reduce, reuse and recycle at every stage of the beef production system. Cattle are the ultimate “up-cycler”, utilizing waste from human food production that doesn’t meet the right specifications, or that doesn’t make it onto the grocery shelves.
Continuous improvement is at the core of sustainability. Encouraging scientific research, adopting innovation and technological advances, optimizing production, and reducing waste all contribute to meeting our goals, and add to economic resiliency for farmers and ranchers, and all those involved in raising Canadian Beef.