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Collection of wild plants, management plan - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Collection of wild plants, management plan - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

A wild harvesting management plan, agreed with Soil Association, is required and must be adhered to. It must include the harvest areas, personnel, times, quantities, species, environmental management, etc. There are a substantial number of further details set out in Soil Association standards regarding various aspects of the wild harvesting management plan and its implementation. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Subsection 9.2.)

Difference

Soil Association standards include a set of rules not contained in the EU Regulation 2092/91. Soil Association standards for wild plant harvesting require the agreement, implementation and monitoring of a wild harvesting management plan. This must include harvest areas, personnel, times, quantities, species, quality, making good procedures, environmental management, etc. EU Regulation does not require any similar type of wild harvesting management plan.

Justification

Soil Association standards' requirement for a comprehensive and detailed wild harvest management plan is intended to maximise the quality of the product and to minimise the risks of unsustainable damage either to the species harvested or to other species in its surrounding habitat.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Collection of wild plants - Annex I A4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Environmental care/environmental impact > Habitats
Environmental care/environmental impact
Collection from the wild (plants and animals)
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:214
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Deposited On:18 Dec 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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