Organic Rules and Certification

All differences in one table by EU regulation

  • EC Council Regulation No. 2092/91
    • Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing
      • Care of environment - not in EC Reg
        • General principles
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Title Description Difference Justification and Comments
Greenhouse production, heating - DE Bioland Standards 2005
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Heating of greenhouses should be limited to a reasonable degree. Greenhouses should be well insulated. Foils and fleeces used for covered production should be recycled. (Bioland production standards, 5.1.4 Crop production under Glass and Foil; Bioland production standards, 5.4.5 Use of Energy (for mushroom production)
The BIOLAND standard restrict the heating of greenhouses. Neither the heating of greenhouses nor the handling of covering material is regulated in the EU Regulation 2092/91. In order to reduce energy consumption and waste products.
Production equipment, ecological impact - DE Naturland 2005
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When purchasing means of production and equipment the ecological impact has to be considered. The use of rainforest timber is not allowed. Energy should be saved. (NL standards on production Part A.II.3. Purchase of means of production and equipment)
The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not explicitly refer to the ecological impact of means of production and equipment nor to the handling of energy whereas NATURLAND does. This requirement refers to the ecological principle of organic farming.
Soil management, irrigation - CZ PRO-BIO Standards 2004 Irrigation should not endanger water resources or the soil. EU Regulation 2092/91 does not deal with irrigation. Strong consideration of environmental impacts is a principle of organic production.