Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, natural combs - Demeter International 2005

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

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Summary

Bees must be able to freely and naturally construct the combs in the brood area. Waxen foundations can only be used for the combs in the supers. The brood area must not be divided. Separation barriers as part of the management system are not allowed. (DI standards for beekeeping and hive products, 4.4 The Comb; DI standards for beekeeping and hive products,4.4.1 Combs in the Brood Chamber; DI standards for beekeeping and hive products,4.4.2 Combs in the Supers)

Difference

The DI standard is more detailed. The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not require the natural construction of combs. Furthermore it does not prohibit the brood area to be divided or the use of barriers in the system.

Justification

The comb is integral to the beehive. The colony is an entity and must not be divided. It is a principle of biodynamic beekeeping, that bees are kept closely in accordance with their nature. Beekeepers 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. DI standards for beekeeping and hive products, 1. Validity and basis)

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 fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:597
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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