Article 4 of the Commission's draft regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products limits, as a matter of 'overall principle' (Article 4), the use of, 'external inputs of any type' to, inter alia, 'low solubility mineral fertilizers'. Does this mean that, if the regulation is adopted as proposed, the use of highly soluble fertilizers, currently allowed and widely used by organic farmers, such as:
crude potassium salt (for instance: kainit, syvinite, etc); potassium sulphate, possibly containing magnesium salt; magnesium sulphate (for instance: kieserite); calcium chloride (solution foliar treatment of apple trees, after identification of deficit of calcium); trace elements; sodium chloride;
will now be prohibited?
Will the same apply to highly soluble synthetic (not extracted by physical processes) fertilizers allowed under the currently applicable rules?
Does the Commission consider that the draft Regulation, if adopted as proposed, will allow limited exceptions to be permitted when detailed implementing measures are adopted under 'comitology' procedures?