Organic Rules and Certification

Crop rotation - Italian Organic Standards 2005

Triantafyllidis, Alessandro (2006) Crop rotation - Italian Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The operator should adopt a rotation plan. The rotation should include crops belonging to different species, and should include at least an annual or perennial legume. The certification body may not authorize the growing of the same crop, in the same field, for more than two consecutive years (3 consecutive cycles for horticultural cultivations).

Difference

Compared with EU Regulation 2092/91 there are more detailed rules for crop rotation and specific requirements to avoid monoculture.

Justification

Rotation is the base of soil fertility and therefore of organic agriculture. For this reason the IOS defines detailed guidelines for crop rotation.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Fertilizing - Annex I A2
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > General principles - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Crop rotation
Country/Standard: Europe > Italy > PrivateStandardName_A
Principles:Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:702
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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