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Definitions - US National Organic Programme 2002

Huber, Beate (2005) Definitions - US National Organic Programme 2002. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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NOP contains a detailled list of defined terms.


The NOP list of definitions is more detailed compared to EU Regulation 2092/91. NOP does not cover a definition of genetically modified organisms (GMO), however genetic engineering is covered under the definition for "excluded methods". The EU defines GMO's and GMO derivatives. The NOP definition of "excluded methods" does not address GMO derivatives.


NOP re definitions of GMO's: "The emphasis and basis of these standards is on process, not product. We have specifically structured the provisions relating to excluded methods to refer to the use of methods. Including the products of excluded methods in the definition would not be consistent. With this approach to organic standards as a process-based system. For the same reason, we have retained the term, 'excluded methods', to reinforce that process-based approach. Further justifications for the definitions are described in the attached extract of the NOP "Entire Standards".

EU Regulation

Definitions - Art.4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:402
Deposited On:29 Oct 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 09:17

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