Organic Rules and Certification

Plant cultivation, use of soil culture, use of artificial heat - Italian Organic Standards 2005

Triantafyllidis, Alessandro (2006) Plant cultivation, use of soil culture, use of artificial heat - Italian Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

In Italian Organic Standards (IOS) soilless cultivation is prohibited, with the exception of seedlings for transplanting. Protected crops are allowed with detailed rules. Heating is allowed only for seedlings.

Difference

IOS Standards contain further details. EU Regulation 2092/91 does not address the issue of soilless cultivation (hydroponic), and protected cultivation is left to free interpretation.

Justification

Soil-less cultivation opposes organic agriculture principles, since soil management is fundamental for this type of production. Moreover, protected crops are widely used in organic agriculture and need to be specifically ruled and defined, in order to guarantee healthy production and sustainable use of resources.

EU Regulation

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:Horticulture > Greenhouse production (protective cropping)
Country/Standard: Europe > Italy > PrivateStandardName_A
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:703
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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