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Conversion of land, livestock production - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Conversion of land, livestock production - Int. Codex Alimentarius Guidelines 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The competent authority may reduce the conversion periods in the certain cases a) pasture, open-air runs and exercise areas used by non-herbivore species; b) for bovine, equine, ovine and caprine coming from extensive husbandry during an implementation period established by the competent authority or dairy herds converted for the first time; c) if there is simultaneous conversion of livestock and land used only for feeding within the same unit, the conversion period for both livestock, pasture and/or land used for animal feed, may be reduced to two years only in the case where the existing livestock and their offspring are fed mainly with products from the unit.

Difference

The rules for conversion are comparable with the EU Regulation 2092/91. Codex Alimentarius requires as well at least 2 years conversion period except for non-herbivores. For the latter, the competent authorities may decide upon the reduction of the conversion period, in the EU this iso one year for pasturages, open air runds and exercised areas, which can be reduced to 6 months, when the land concerned has not, in the recent past, received treatments with non-allowed products. Codex Alimentarius does not limit this to 6 months.

Justification

The possibility for a certain regional flexibility on national level should be given.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Conversion - Annex I B2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Conversion
Country/Standard:Codex Alimentarius Guideline
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
ID Code:1016
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:27 Aug 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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