Organic Rules and Certification

Contamination, preventing, buffer zones - US NOP 2002

Huber, Beate (2005) Contamination, preventing, buffer zones - US NOP 2002. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

§ 205.202 Land requirements. Any field or farm parcel from which harvested crops are intended to be sold, labelled, or represented as "organic," must: (c) Have distinct, defined boundaries and buffer zones such as runoff diversions to prevent the unintended application of a prohibited substance to the crop or contact with a prohibited substance applied to adjoining land that is not under organic management.

Difference

The US require buffer zones whereas the EU does not.

Justification

A buffer zone must be sufficient in size or other features (e.g., windbreaks or a diversion ditch) to prevent the possibility of unintended contact by prohibited substances applied to adjacent land areas with an area that is part of a certified operation. As long as an organic operation has not used excluded methods and takes reasonable steps to avoid contact with the products of excluded methods as detailed in their approved organic system plan, the unintentional presence of the products of excluded methods should not affect the status of an organic product or operation.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Care of environment - not in EC Reg > Contamination with pesticides/GMO
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > General principles - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:General areas of Organic Agriculture > Organic integrity
Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > Protection against contamination
Crop production > Crop protection
Country/Standard:USA
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:469
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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