Organic Rules and Certification

Full farm conversion - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005

Ziegler, Katia (2005) Full farm conversion - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

BIO SUISSE requires organic certification of the whole farm with all the enterprises, including arable land, perennial crops and animal production.

Difference

BIO SUISSE standards contain an additional restriction not included in the EU Regulation 2092/91. BIO SUISSE standards do not allow non-organic and organic enterprises to be operated by the same manager with the exception of the stepped conversion of wine, fruit or ornamental plants production enterprises, whereas the EU Regulation does allow organic and non-organic enterprises on the same farm.

Justification

The prohibition of organic and non-organic split production avoids potential problems with the consumer credibility of organic farming and minimises the danger of fraud. The BIO SUISSE standards in this respect comply with the Swiss government regulation.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Conversion - Annex I A1
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 > Parallel conversion
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of fairness
ID Code:13
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:21 Sep 2005
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 15:06

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