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Fertilizers, restrictions - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhrad (2006) Fertilizers, restrictions - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The following fertilisers are not allowed by Bio Austria: blood meal, hoof meal, bone meal, fish meal, meat meal, feather and 'chiquette' meal the by-product of starch-production from conventional potatoes (Kartoffelrestfruchtwasser). the special basic slag 'Thomas phosphate'. (BA-Rules 2006 chapter 2.1.3, 2.1.5)

Difference

The Bio Austria General Standard contains further restrictions than the EU Regulation 2092/91 as it does not just limit the total amount of organic manures of conventional farms to be brought in. It also does not allow to use some products which are listed in the EU Regulation 2092/91 annex II A.

Justification

Products or by-products were restricted during the BSE crisis. This restrictions were prolonged (not absolutely necessary). (principle of care/precaution). The by-product of starch-production from potatoes is readily soluble almost like readily soluble conventional fertilizers. The taste of this product (Kartoffelrestfruchtwasser) is not desired too. The special basic slag Thomas phosphate is a by-product of steel. For the production resources of recycling of old metal inclusive nickel and chromium are used. Therefore the residues of these heavy metals in the fertilizer can be high.

EU Regulation

Annex II. Permitted substances for the production of organic foods > Substances for plants and plant production - Annex 2 > Fertilizers and soil conditioners - Annex II A

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Fertilisers
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:755
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:16 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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