Organic Rules and Certification

Biodiversity, landscape - CH Bio Suisse Standard 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Biodiversity, landscape - CH Bio Suisse Standard 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

BIO SUISSE requires diversification within the agricultural land area of the farm and requires 7% of the farm land to be fostered as ecological diverse areas. Furthermore, 5 % of the fodder areas have to be farmed on a a low intensity level.

Difference

The requirement of 'compensatory ecological habitats' is a very specific BIO SUISSE standard. No similar pargraph is quoted in the EU Regulation 2092/91.

Justification

To support refuge areas for beneficial organisms matches the holistic approach of organic farming, which is keen to take advantage of a sound and well balanced micro-ecosystem. The 'compensatory ecological habitats' should enhance a natural balance between noxious and benefical organisms. Furthermore ecologically diversified areas contribute to maintaining genetic and biotic diversity and contribute to landscape attractiveness.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Care of environment - not in EC Reg > Biodiversity and landscape

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 > Landscape
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:18
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:24 Oct 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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