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Plant protection, copper - AT Bio CH Bio Suisse Standard 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Plant protection, copper - AT Bio CH Bio Suisse Standard 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Copper preparations are admitted for fungal disease control. Arable crops can not be treated with copper, except for potatoes, vegetables and hops. The annual amount of copper applied is clearly restricted for individual crops to a maximum 4 kg/ha metalic copper, for apple and pears 1.5 kg/ha and for berries 2 kg/ha).

Difference

Copper application is restricted to lower quantities and in terms of crops (application rate between 1.5-4 kg pure metallic copper, arable crops excluded except potatoes). EU Regulatoin 2092/91 admits 8kg of copper till the end of 2006 and maximum 6 kg of copper afterwards: no restrictions are made in terms of crops being treated with copper preparations.

Justification

Copper is being accumulated in the soil: in order to promote sound soil fertility, any accumulation of heavy metals should be avoided.

EU Regulation

Annex II. Permitted substances for the production of organic foods > Substances for plants and plant production - Annex 2 > Pesticides/Substances for plant pest and disease control - Annex II B

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > Environment contaminants (heavy metals etc)
Permitted inputs (positive lists)
Crop production > Crop protection
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
ID Code:19
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Mar 2006
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 15:18

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