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Plant protection, copper - DK Governmental Guidelines 2006

Jespersen, Lizzie Melby (2006) Plant protection, copper - DK Governmental Guidelines 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Use of copper is not allowed for plant protection purposes in any organic or conventional plant cultures in Denmark. The DK Governmental Guidelines on Organic Agricultural Production, October 2006, Annex 2: "Active substances which under certain circumstances may be used as plant protection agents on organic or in-conversion areas in Denmark" does not mention copper or any copper compounds.

Difference

Copper is not allowed according to the DK Governmental Guidelines on Organic Agricultural Production, October 2006, while limited quantities of certain Copper compounds may be used according to Annex II B, Section IV of the EU Regulation 2092/91.

Justification

Copper is a heavy metal which may accumulate in the soil and have a negative influence on the soil flora and fauna. Therefore the Danish Environmental Protection Agency under the Danish Ministry for Environment, which is the public authority responsible for evaluation and approval of all pesticides to be used in Denmark, has banned the use of copper products for plant protection purposes in Denmark.

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:Permitted inputs (positive lists)
Crop production > Crop protection
Country/Standard: Europe > Denmark > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:1043
Deposited By:Mrs. Lizzie Melby Jespersen
Deposited On:14 Nov 2006
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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