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Policy brief on the organic approach to inputs – Plant protection products, fertilisers, veterinary drugs and feed additives explained

Lang, Isabella; Tamm, Lucius; Speiser, Bernhard; Schärer, Hans-Jakob; Herforth-Rahmé, Joelle; Walkenhorst, Michael; Bünemann-König, Else; Maurer, Veronika; Moeskops, Bram; Busacca, Emanuele; Gall, Eric; Magid, Jakob and Schmitt, Annegret (2019) Policy brief on the organic approach to inputs – Plant protection products, fertilisers, veterinary drugs and feed additives explained. Deliverable No7.3 Policy brief explaining the organic approachto inputs. .

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Summary

The plant and animal health care strategy in organic farming strengthensagro-biodiversity, protects the environment as well as animal and human health. In addition to fully exploiting preventive options, the use of external inputs such as plant protection products, fertilisers or veterinarymedicinal productsis allowed to prevent inacceptable losses in productivity or animal suffering. However, external inputs need to comply with organic standardsas well as European legislationand aretherefore carefully evaluated before any decision on acceptance is taken.Organic farming systems should aim at reducing dependency on off-farm fertilisers to the lowest feasable level to ensure closed nutrient cycles and avoid nutrient leakage and contamination.
This policy brief explains the underlying principles and the procedures for evaluation of inputs, focusing on plant protection products, fertilisers, feed additives and veterinary medicinal products used in organic farming under European legislation. The case study in Annex I on plant protection products provides a full picture on the processes and criteria for authorisation, the assessment of new inputs accordingtothe suitability in organic farming, the history of utilised substances and possible trade-offs and concerns.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Organic farming, inputs, plant protection product, fertilisers, veterinary medicinal products, feed additives
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > RELACS
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Health
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
Germany > Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants - JKI
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Plant Protection and Biodiversity
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:773431
Deposited By: Tamm, Dr. Lucius
ID Code:36499
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 08:53
Last Modified:27 Sep 2019 11:08
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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