Organic Rules and Certification

Parallel production, crops - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005

Schmid, Otto (2005) Parallel production, crops - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Parallel production of similar types of organic and non-organic products is permitted only for crops in farms undergoing a stepped conversion process, and not at all for livestock. Parallel production of crops is restricted to vines. In all other cases, parallel production is prohibited (cf. Paragraph 4.1.1. full farm conversion requirement).

Difference

BIO SUISSE standards contain an additional restriction not included in the EU Regulation 2092/91. BIO SUISSE standards restrict organic and non-organic parallel production only to perennial vine crops in the circumstances of a stepped conversion, but EU Regulation allows parallel production of similar varieties of perennial crops during a stepped conversion of a maximum five-year period, in research crops, or in crops producing propagation material; in each case, segregation must be guaranteed and inspection must be performed in the conventional production unit of the operation. The other exception allowed in EU Regulation is parallel production of grassland crops only for grazing.

Justification

By not allowing split production, the situation on the farm is more transparent and easier for inspection: the credibility of organic farming is supported with these measures.

EU Regulation

Annex III - Minimum inspection Requirements/precautionary measures > Specific provisions > Livestock or livestock products - Annex III A2
Annex III - Minimum inspection Requirements/precautionary measures > Specific provisions > Plants or plant products - Annex III A1

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:16
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:22 Oct 2005
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 13:11

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