Organic Rules and Certification

Conservation, primary ecosystems/forests - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

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

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Summary

Land with primary ecosystems, such as virgin rainforest, must not be cleared for organic production. Soil Association Standards prohibit the clearing of primary ecosystems for conversion to organic production. They define 'primary ecosystems' as ecosystems that have not been 'disturbed by man's activities', and they give the example of virgin rainforest. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Glossary and Paragraph 4.1.4.)

Difference

Soil Association standards contain a rule not included in EU Regulation 2092/91. EU Regulation does not contain this prohibition.

Justification

Soil Association standards are intended to ensure that no primary ecosystems will be damaged or destroyed in order to clear land for organic production.

EU Regulation

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

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Environmental care/environmental impact > Nature conservation
Environmental care/environmental impact
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:252
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:18 Dec 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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