Organic Rules and Certification

Contamination, buffer zones - SE KRAV 2006

Mattsson, Eva (2006) Contamination, buffer zones - SE KRAV 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

When chemical pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used on neighbouring land to organic farmland actions should be taken to minimise the risk of contamination. This can be an agreement with the neighbour about a buffer zone, establishing an own buffer zone or planting a windbreak. On a not fully converted organic farm there should be an internal buffer zone for land where chemical pesticides are used (KRAV standards paragraph 4.2.3 and 4.2.4).

Difference

In EU 2092/91 there are general requirements for reducing the risk of contamination but the KRAV standards are more specific.

Justification

The risk for contamination from drift is an important issue. The risk varies depending on the neighbours farming activities. The establishment of a specified internal buffer zone in a not fully converted organic farm is necessary for both reducing drift and also to clearly separate organic and conventional farming.

EU Regulation

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:Crop production
Country/Standard: Europe > Sweden > Krav
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of fairness
Ecological principle
ID Code:1111
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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