Organic Rules and Certification

Conversion, GMO crops - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

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

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Summary

A 5-year period is required from the harvest of any previous genetically modified crop before the land where it was grown may become fully organic. Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraph 3.6.17.

Difference

Soil Association Standards contain a restriction not included in EU Regulation 2092/91. Soil Association standards require a 5-year period from the harvest of any previous genetically modified crop before the land where it was grown may become fully organic. EU Regulation has no similar requirement.

Justification

Soil Association standards aim to minimise the risks of contaminating organic crops with genetically modified plant material by requiring an extended period for conversion of land after cultivation of genetically modified crops. Genetically modified organisms are prohibited from use in organic farming because of the unpredictable nature of the technology, and the risks to health and the environment.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Care of environment - not in EC Reg > Contamination with pesticides/GMO
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Conversion - Annex I A1

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > GMO
Conversion
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:206
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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