Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB)?
CRSB is a multi-stakeholder community devoted to advancing sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. We are comprised of organizations across the beef value chain and beyond, including producer associations, academic institutions, processors, food and agriculture businesses, non-governmental organizations (animal care and environmental groups) retail and foodservice companies, Governments and observers.
What does sustainability mean?
Sustainability, by definition is ensuring the needs of future generations without compromising the needs of our own.
What does beef sustainability mean?
Grounded in continuous improvement, here in Canada, we define beef sustainability as environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable, prioritizing the planet, people, animals and progress.
This means that farmers, ranchers, processors and everyone in the supply chain that is involved in bringing beef to your table are dedicated to conserving the land, water & air, raising animals responsibly, caring for our families and communities and ensuring fair and equitable working conditions, and embracing technology and innovation grounded in science to make improvements.
Canada had adopted the same five Principles of beef sustainability as developed by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Learn more about these Principles and Criteria at www.grsbeef.org.
How can I become a member of the CRSB?
It’s easy! Fill out an online membership form, where you can describe your affiliation and why you’d like to become a member. CRSB Council reviews and approves all membership requests.
How much does a membership cost?
There are a variety of membership categories within the CRSB, depending to which membership category you belong. Some have different levels depending on the size of your organization. Learn more on our membership page.
Why should I become a member of the CRSB?
Key benefits of membership in the CRSB include:
- Contributing to advancing sustainability in the Canadian beef and food industry
- Collaboration with industry stakeholders across the beef value chain, and in other agricultural sectors to effect positive change
- Contributing to development of science-based, transparent messaging around sustainable practices
- Opportunity to actively develop projects and programs that will lead to progress in the beef industry
- Participating in on-going communication with the public about how their food is raised in Canada
How is the CRSB funded?
The CRSB is a not-for-profit organization, comprised of a collaborative network of organizations committed to sustainable beef production. The CRSB is funded through a variety of sources, including membership fees, agriculture-related government funding programs, sponsorship and in-kind support.
What is the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework?
Can I purchase CRSB Certified Beef in my local store or restaurant?
Yes! Although the CRSB Certified program is relatively new, we are continually working with industry partners to grow the supply of beef raised on certified sustainable farms and ranches for Canadian consumers. Restaurants and retailers have already started sourcing a portion of their beef from Certified Sustainable farms and ranches, and demand is growing. Look for the CRSB Certified Mark, and keep up to date on where to find it here: https://www.crsbcertified.ca/consumers/where-to-buy/. If your favourite retailer or restaurant isn’t already sourcing, let them know you are looking for it.
Is sustainable beef organic? Grass-fed? Hormone-free?
Sustainable practices are about how the cattle are raised, rather than specific product attributes like these. Production practices differ across the many diverse landscapes and farm operations in Canada and there are benefits and challenges with each. The CRSB aims to recognize good production practices across all types of production systems.
How is Canada performing in regard to sustainable beef production?
The Canadian beef industry is a recognized global leader in sustainable production.
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef completed a National Beef Sustainability Assessment that measured the sustainability performance of Canadian beef production. For example, we know that the greenhouse gas footprint of Canadian beef production contributes only 2.4% of Canada’s total emissions, that beef production stores 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon, and helps provide 68% of the wildlife habitat on only 1/3 of Canada’s agricultural land. Learn more on our Benchmarks page.
The report also identified a number of areas for improvement through which a strategy has been set for the future on how to continue to lead and improve the sustainability of Canadian beef production. A series of 2030 Goals for the beef industry have also been established.