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

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

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Summary

If the growing area of herb production borders on a field that is cultivated conventionally, there must be a distance of at least 5 metres between fields (exception: threshed herbs). Bordering on conventional fields should be avoided if possible. Protective hedgerows are recommended.

Difference

While the Bio Austria General Standard requires minmal buffer zones the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not have an explicit restriction for the distance to conventional fields.

Justification

The main reason is to avoid residues of pesticides 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:862
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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