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Soil management, steam sterilisation - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Soil management, steam sterilisation - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Steam sterilisation of the soil is prohibited in open fields.

Difference

The Swiss Ordinance prohibits steam sterilisation of the soil in open fields, whereas EU Regulation 2092/91 does not list this as a prohibited practice.

Justification

Adapted crop rotation schemes and soil management in organic farming should do enough to avoid soil born diseases and unwanted herbs. Steam sterilisation demands a high input of energy and it cures only the symptoms of the problem but not the cause of unappropriate soil management.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Plant pests and diseases, and weeds control - Annex I A3

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Crop rotation
Crop production > Crop protection
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:264
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:58

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