Organic Rules and Certification

Conservation, farm plan - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

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

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Summary

Producers should keep a farm conservation plan, designed with professional help, and they must map all the main landscape features, wildlife habitats and historical features on the holding. The standards require the producer to map all the recognised wildlife habitats and landscape sites, and the archeological and historical features on the holding, and to formally revise the map every 5 years. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraphs 4.5.6-4.5.8.)

Difference

Soil Association standards contain recommendations and requirements not included in the EU Regulation 2092/91. Soil Association standards recommend that producers should keep a constantly updated whole farm conservation plan, drawn up with the help of a professional advisor. EU Regulation does not contain recommendations or requirements for a farm conservation plan.

Justification

The Soil Association recommendations are meant to encourage best practice and optimal outcomes from the conservation management. The requirement to map the main habitats and features is also a requirement of the main funding scheme for organic farmers in England to ensure a basic level of conservation management on organic farms.

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 > Landscape
Environmental care/environmental impact > Habitats
Environmental care/environmental impact
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:256
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Deposited On:18 Dec 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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