Organic Rules and Certification

Seed and plant material, origin - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Seed and plant material, origin - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Seeds and vegetative reproductive material should be from plants grown in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.1 of these guidelines for at least one generation or, in the case of perennial crops, two growing seasons.

Difference

Codex Alimentarius Guidelines rules the use of organic seeds comparable with the EU Regulation 2092/91 but allows when not untreated seeds are available treated seed with substances not listed in the Annex 2. In addition the EU Regulation requires member countries to have a data base on the availability of organic seed.

Justification

In many countries outside the EU it is not always possible to get untreated seed.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Seeds and seedlings - see Art. 6a
Rules of production and preparation - Art.6

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Seed production /Seedlings
Country/Standard:Codex Alimentarius Guideline
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of fairness
ID Code:1011
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:27 Aug 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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