Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, siting of apiaries - DE Bioland 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Beekeeping, siting of apiaries - DE Bioland 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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The siting of the apiaries must ensure that considerable contamination with objectionable substances is not to be expected. In case of suspicion, the bee products must be analysed and consequences must be taken. The colonies may not be placed on a conventionally farmed field. Specific approval by BIOLAND is required if colonies shall be placed outside the area, controlled by BIOLAND (Germany, South Tyrol). For harvesting honey from agricultural crops, organically cultivated crops are to be preferred. Nectar and pollen must not be intentionally collected from intensively managed conventional orchards. Pollen cannot be harvested from crops that have been treated with agrochemicals while flowering. Bee products harvested from areas, that have been declared as unsuitable for organic apiculture cannot be marketed with reference to the organic production method. (Bioland production standards, 4.10.2 Keeping of the Bees, Location of the Bee Colonies)


The BIOLAND standard is similar to the corresponding EU Regulation 2092/91. It is more precise in excluding the use of certain conventionally farmed crops for the collection of pollen and nectar (intensively farmed orchards and crops, that have been sprayed while flowering).


To avoid contamination of bee products with objectionable substances, but at the same time enabling organic apiculture in Germany.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Siting of the apiaries - Annex I C4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Pollution risks/non permitted inputs > Protection against contamination
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:617
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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