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Conversion, microbial levels - NL SKAL Standards 2005

Vermunt, B (2005) Conversion, microbial levels - NL SKAL Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

When, in special occasions, the microbiological activity is at a very low level, caused by mechanical non-penetrable covering, organic farming can only start 6 months after appropriate management of the soil.

Difference

SKAL defines a norm for the time needed for microbiological activity to recover after covering, whereas the EU Regulation 2092/91 has not defined such a period. See EU rule text: "Annex I, part a) 1.2: However, the inspection authority or body may decide, in agreement with the competent authority, to recognise this retroactively as being part of the conversion period"

Justification

Microbial activity is necessary for good organic farming systems.

EU Regulation

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

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Conversion > Conversion planning
Crop production > Soil fertility and biological activity
Country/Standard: Europe > The Netherlands > Skal
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:94
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:29 Oct 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 07:51

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