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Beekeeping, origin of bees - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Beekeeping, origin of bees - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Colonies and queens to be brought in must come from Demeter certified beekeeping. In case of unavailability, certified organic colonies and queens can be brought in. Other colonies can only be brought in without combs. (DI production standards, 4.1.1 Buying-in of Colonies and Queens)


The DI standard is slightly more detailed. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 approval can be given to bring in complete conventional colonies in extraordinary cases (high mortality, health reasons, catastrophy). These colonies have to be converted. Colonies and queens of Demeter quality are not regulated.


In order to support independence from the continuous introduction of bees from elsewhere. To ensure Demeter quality throughout the whole production chain and avoid contamination with objectionable substances.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Origin of the bees - Annex I C3

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:595
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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