Organic Rules and Certification

Animal fodder, conventional/organic feed, poultry - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Animal fodder, conventional/organic feed, poultry - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Poultry can be fed with up to 50% organic feed, if Demeter certified feed is not available. No bought in conventional feeding stuffs may be fed. Conventional feed can be used up to 10% in the ration for poultry, if the feed was produced on an area of the Demeter farm itself, which was newly acquired and has not yet completed the first year of the conversion period. (DI production standards, 5.5.9. Feeding of poultry)

Difference

The DI standard contains further restrictions. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 poultry can be fed with up to 15% of conventional feed if listed in the corresponding annex and organic quality feed is not available. This applies until 31.12.2007, after that the percentage will decline by 5% in two years until reaching 5% in 2012.

Justification

The quality of the feed influences the quality of the animal product. Additionally, to enhance independence of the farm from outside inputs and to avoid contamination with objectionable substances.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal feed/Animal nutrition - Annex I B4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Feed/Nutrition
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:581
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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