Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, reproduction - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Beekeeping, reproduction - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

It is prohibited to clip the wings of the queen bee or to use artificial insemination in beekeeping. Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraph 15.2.8.

Difference

Soil Association standards prohibit the use of artificial (instrumental) insemination in bee keeping. EU Regulation 2092/91 does not include this prohibition.

Justification

The precautionary principle argues against pervasive use of instrumental insemination because the long-term consequences are unpredictable. Instrumental insemination of queen bees may reduce the diversity of the gene pool among honeybees as it involves the male spermatozoa of only one male rather than of 10 to 20 males in natural queen bee fertilisation. Traits may be selected for, such as productivity or resistance to specific diseases, but other useful traits could be lost.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Husbandry management practises and identification - Annex I C7

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Breeding techniques
Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Specific animal standards
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:204
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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