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Land management, nutrients, leaching - SE KRAV 2006

Mattsson, Eva (2006) Land management, nutrients, leaching - SE KRAV 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

To prevent leaking of nutrients into water a permanent, unfertilized, overgrown buffer zone of 3 metres should be left beside watercourses, wetlands and lakes that are water-bearing the year round. In winter a cover of vegetation is encouraged. Catch crops should be grown when possible. Animal manure should be handled so that nutrient losses are minimised (KRAV-standards paragraph 3.1.9 and 4.1.4).

Difference

Prevention of leakage of nutrients is not covered in EU Regulation 2092/91 except that the use of input should not result in contamination of the environment (article 7).

Justification

The leakage of nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus is one of the biggest environmental problems in agriculture in Sweden.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Care of environment - not in EC Reg > Soil and water conservation
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Special plant production standards - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Environmental care/environmental impact > Nature conservation
Environmental care/environmental impact
Environmental care/environmental impact > Soil
Country/Standard: Europe > Sweden > Krav
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:1103
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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