Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, colonies - Demeter International 2005

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

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Colonies must not be united routinerary and queens must not be systematically replaced with the purpose of increasing the honey production. (DI production standards, 4.2 Methods for increasing Honey Production)


The DI standard is more detailed. The above mentioned methods to increase honey production are not prohibited by the EU Regulation 2092/91.


It is a principle of Demeter beekeeping, that bees are kept in close accordance with their nature. "Bee keepers working in the context of biodynamics orientate themselves primarily towards meeting the natural requirements of the colony. Management is so structured that the bee is able freely to unfold its true nature."

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products

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 health
ID Code:596
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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