Organic Rules and Certification

Seed and plant material, origin, peat - CH Bio Suisse 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Seed and plant material, origin, peat - CH Bio Suisse 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Seedlings must be certified organic. If non available this has to be proven. Any use of treated seedlings leads to disapproval of the crop emerging from it. Peat can constitute only 70% of the substratum for the production of seedlings.

Difference

Similar regulation for seedling as for seed as the EU Regulation 2092/91, however there is no restriction in the use of peat in the substratum in the EU Regulation. Vegetative propagation material is considered organic if it derives from mother plants grown organically for at least one generation or, in the case of perennial crops, two growing seasons. BIO SUISSE and EU rules define these periods for mother plants identically.

Justification

Peat is a very limited natural resource for many areas of the world. Restriction of it's use is in line with the approach of sustainability in organic farming. No peat is admitted as general soil conditioner.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Seeds and seedlings - see Art. 6a

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Environmental care/environmental impact > Nature conservation
Crop production > Seed production /Seedlings
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:22
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:24 Oct 2005
Last Modified:15 Apr 2010 15:19

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