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Plant protection, copper - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guideline 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Plant protection, copper - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guideline 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Copper preparates are admitted and listed in the CODEX positive list Appendix 2.

Difference

Whereas CODEX does not set limits for copper application per hectare and year, EU Regulation 2092/91 admits 8 kg of copper till the end of 2005 and max 6 kg of copper from the year 2006 onward: No restrictions are made in terms of crops being treated with copper preparations in either of the two regulations.

Justification

Copper is being accumulated in the soil: in order to promote sound soil fertility, any accumulation of heavy metals should be avoided - therefore a restriction on the use of metalic copper is necessary.

EU Regulation

Annex II. Permitted substances for the production of organic foods > Substances for plants and plant production - Annex 2 > Pesticides/Substances for plant pest and disease control - Annex II B

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Environmental care/environmental impact > Soil
Crop production > Crop protection
Country/Standard:Codex Alimentarius Guideline
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
ID Code:1009
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 May 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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