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Conversion period, plant production - NL Skal Standards 2005

Vermunt, B (2006) Conversion period, plant production - NL Skal Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

SKAL has defined precisely the possibility to reduce the conversion period to only six months before cultivation starts. The owner of the land should officially approve that the soil is managed according to the EU Regulation on organic farming.

Difference

SKAL is only implementing the possibility of a derogation of the EU Regulation 2092/91, but does not make it more restrictive. The EU rule which is referred to is in Annex II, part B, 2.1.2: "By derogation from this principle, the conversion period may be reduced to one year for pastures, open air runs and exercise areas used by non-herbivore species. This period may be reduced to six months where the land concerned has not, in the recent past, received treatments with products other than those referred to in Annex II of this Regulation. This derogation must be authorised by the inspection authority or body."

Justification

As the derogation must be authorised on national level, in this case by SKAL.

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 > Retrospective approval
Country/Standard: Europe > The Netherlands > Skal
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:99
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:24 Apr 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:44

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