Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, feed - DE Bioland 2005

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

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Any surpluses from the winter feed must be removed from the hives before the start of the collecting period. During the season only BIOLAND honey can be used as feed for the colonies. BIOLAND certified feed components must be used. If these are not available, feeding stuffs of organic origin can be used. (Bioland production standards, Feeding Bees)


The BIOLAND standard is slightly more detailed by requiring surplus feed to be removed. This is not required by the corresponding EU Regulation 2092/91, however there is a requirement for feeding to be stopped at least 15 days before the beginning of the next flow of nectar or honey dew. The preference of feeding stuffs of BIOLAND quality is not regulated by the EU Regulation.


In order to avoid adulteration of the honey to be harvested with remaining feed made from sugar.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Feed - Annex I C5

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:623
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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