Organic Rules and Certification

Contamination, buffer zones, highways, herbs - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Contamination, buffer zones, highways, herbs - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Locations of herb production near densely populated areas (cities) are to be avoided. The distance to highly used roads (highways, high-speed road, major streets [Bundesstrassen] must be at least 50 metres. Protective hedgerows are generally recommended in such cases.

Difference

The Bio Austria General Standard details buffer strips while the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not have a restriction for the distance to highly used roads.

Justification

The main reason is to avoid residues of exhaust fumes (see “herb production with distance to conventional fields”) and to create high consumer confidence.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Special plant production standards - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Horticulture
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:861
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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