Organic Rules and Certification

Full farm conversion - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard (2006) Full farm conversion - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Conversion of the entire holding is a prerequisite for the certification as an organic farm of Bio Austria. Beekeeping and fish farming are the only exceptions, and may be practiced conventionally.

Difference

The Bio Austria has the additional requirement to convert the whole farm and not just the production unit, as defined in EU Regulation 2092/91 as littlest unit to convert (annex I B 1.5 ff) and Annex III A.1. ยง. 3 which defines the requirements for certification of the production unit, which can farmed by the same company/farm. Therefore it is not necessary based on the EU Regulation to convert the whole farm.

Justification

The main reason is to create high consumer confidence (exclusion of fraud and mistakes).

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Conversion - Annex I A1
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Conversion - Annex I B2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Conversion > Whole farm conversion
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of fairness
ID Code:750
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Oct 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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