Organic Rules and Certification

Parallel production, grazing, livestock - UK Compendium 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Parallel production, grazing, livestock - UK Compendium 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

As a derogation from the principle that organic pasture should be for organic livestock, non-organic livestock are permitted to graze organic land for a maximum of 120 days per year, as long as these animals are extensively reared, organic animals are not grazing with them, and authorisation has been obtained from the inspection body.

Difference

The UK Compendium contains further detail to the EU Regulation 2092/91. UK Compendium specifies a maximum annual period of 120 days that non-organic livestock may use organic pasture. EU Regulation merely states "a limited period of time each year" without specifying the maximum length of time.

Justification

UK Compendium continues the previous UK limit of 120 days because this is more specific and enforceable than the unspecified EU restriction on the period that non-organic livestock may use organic pasture. The additional text was requested by UK inspection bodies.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > General principles - Annex I B1

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:General areas of Organic Agriculture > Organic integrity
General areas of Organic Agriculture > Farming systems
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of fairness
ID Code:123
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:29 Oct 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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