Row over peat delays eco-label criteria for soil improvers

A dispute over a proposal that peat-based soil improvers should not be eligible for an eco-label is damaging the chances that the products will feature in the EC eco-labelling scheme's launch in June. Producers of waste-based peat alternatives have been encouraged by the proposal, and seem set to carry their row with the peat industry into forthcoming discussions on eco-labelling criteria for plant growth media.

Drafting of the criteria for soil improvers has been under way since early 1992. The work is being led by the UK, which is consulting interested parties via an ad hoc working group.

Soil improvers were on an initial list of 14 product groups which were to have featured in the EC scheme's launch last October. But the launch, recently postponed until June, now appears unlikely to include them because of objections from peat interests and th

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