Organic Rules and Certification

Environmental recommendations, general requirements - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

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

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Summary

Soil Association standards include a general set of recommendations regarding organic farming and the environment. Soil Association standards explain how organic farming is designed to cause minimum disruption to the natural environment, emphasise the importance of ecological diversity, and recommend management to achieve social and environmental sustainability, respect for traditional pastoral practice, and compatibility with local climate and topographical circumstances. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Subsection 3.1)

Difference

Soil Association standards are more comprehensive than EU Regulation 2092/91. EU Regulation makes an assumption that organic management yields environmental benefits, and includes certain requirements concerning environmental benefits and minimising impacts, but it does not include any dedicated set of general environmental recommendations.

Justification

The general environmental recommendations are intended to encourage producers to manage organic farms for optimum social and environmental outcomes.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Care of environment - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:General areas of Organic Agriculture
Environmental care/environmental impact > Nature conservation
Environmental care/environmental impact
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Principle of fairness
Ecological principle
ID Code:231
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:18 Dec 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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