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Peat - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

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

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Peat can only be used for growing seedlings and marsh beds. Not more than 70% of peat can be added to substratum for seedlings.


The Swiss Ordinance restricts the use of peat to seedling production and within substrata to maximum 70% whereas the EU Regulation 2092/91 only lists peat as admitted 'fertilizer' limited to horticulture (market gardening, floriculture, arboriculture, nursery).


Peat is a very limited natural resource which should be used as little as possible to ensure the supply for future generations. Peat production damages natural habitats which is not in line with the sound production methods which organic farming is aiming for.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Fertilizing - Annex I A2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Fertilisers
Permitted inputs (positive lists)
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:265
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:58

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