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Call for applications to online course "Challenges of Organic Arable Farming"

(01.03.2017) 

Register now for the online course on organic arable farming. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017. read more


Ukraine receives considerable attention at BIOFACH 2017

(22.02.2017) 

Seventeen Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, the biggest trade fair for organic products worldwide, with more... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2017: Media kit

(13.02.2017) 

At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will be discussed, researchers of FiBL will once again represent their institute. One of the highlights will be the... read more


Organic in Europe: Organic market grows by double digits and organic area reaches 12.7 million hectares in 2015

(14.02.2017) 

The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2015, it increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros (European Union: 27.1 billion Euros). Almost all the... read more


Organic Chinese medicinal plants for Europe

(13.02.2017) 

A new cooperation platform aims at promoting organic cultivation of Chinese medicinal herbs in China, ensuring the quality of Chinese medicinal materials and... read more


Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide - 50.9 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to more than 80 billion US Dollars

(09.02.2017) 

The latest global data on organic farming worldwide will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the... read more


Successful control of creeping thistle in organic farming

(07.02.2017) 

Creeping thistle has become an increasing problem especially for organic arable farms with soils of higher organic matter content. Wherever it grows, it competes with... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2017 – Science Day and current numbers

(06.02.2017) 

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH 2017 in Nuremberg. At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will... read more


Shaping the relationship to the soil

(06.02.2017) 

The enhancement of soil fertility was a crucial value already to the pioneers of organic farming, but the conservation of fertile soil is not always given enough... read more


New technical note: Decomposition study using tea bags

(05.01.2017) 

Comparing the decomposition of green tea as a fast-decomposing material with rooibos as a material, which is difficult to break down, allows for the calculation of the... read more


SFIAR Award 2016

(16.12.2016) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) presented this year's award on 15 December. The public event was hosted by the World Food System Center... read more


Film: Stubble cultivation to control root-weed in organic agriculture

(29.11.2016) 

In organic agriculture, minimal tillage is more challenging than conventional farming using herbicides. There is an increased risk of volunteer crops, problems with... read more


Register for Science Day 2017 at BIOFACH

(07.12.2016) 

On February 17, 2017, the fifth Science Day will take place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It is a joint event of TIPI, the Technology... read more


First sociological study of the emerging organic sector in the post-socialist country of Bulgaria

(29.11.2016) 

A book summarises the main findings of a Swiss-Bulgarian research project, coordinated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). Applying the methods... read more


Video: Parasite control for organic ruminants

(28.11.2016) 

Gastrointestinal parasitism is a major challenge to the health and welfare of organic livestock. Although considerable research has taken place on alternative parasite... read more


Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa is productive, economically viable and resource-conserving

(24.11.2016) 

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices,... read more


Awarded master thesis provides important insights on organic and conventional farming in a semi-arid environment

(23.11.2016) 

The Fiat Panis Foundation awarded the Hans H. Ruthenberg Award 2016 to a student from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the University of... read more


First SME ORGANICS field visit to the canton of Aargau

(22.11.2016) 

On 8 and 9 September, the SME ORGANICS project organised the first interregional field visit in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland, with regional stakeholders and project... read more


New fact sheet assessing the use of chars, ashes and slags as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

(11.11.2016) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and requirements for use of chars, ashes and slags in organic farming.... read more


Dinner talk between FiBL director Urs Niggli and the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland Wenbing Geng

(10.11.2016) 

During his visit at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in June this year, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China invited FiBL director Urs... read more


International organic market shows a stable growth

(31.10.2016) 

A rise significantly above 80 billion US-dollar in worldwide sales: according to the current assessment of industry experts, this could be the organic balance for 2015.... read more


Microorganisms, mixed crops and recycled fertilizer may help date palm cultivation

(11.10.2016) 

Date palm is an important crop in Morocco, Tunisia and many other dryland ecosystems. The prevailing harsh environmental condition, the spread of root diseases and other... read more


Video: New video on the spade test

(05.10.2016) 

Soils are the most valuable resource for crop production, but they receive very little attention because we take them for granted. Within the project FertilCrop, visual... read more


New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched

(04.10.2016) 

A new platform - OK-Net Arable - aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe was launched. The platform was developed by the... read more


Why cows have horns. A new basic guide sheds light on the issue

(26.09.2016) 

Organic farmers aim to minimise their interventions on animals. However, today at least three out of four calves born on organic farms are dehorned. Hardly any animal... read more


New advisory tool on animal-friendly pig husbandry in Africa

(23.09.2016) 

With support of the Swiss Sahee Foundation and local advisors, FiBL produced a technical guide for trainers in Swaziland on animal-friendly pig husbandry. The new... read more


Video: The Science behind the Organic Movement

(22.09.2016) 

The keynote speech at the Organic Science Conference in Canada was held by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland... read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2016

(14.09.2016) 

ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and is internationally recognised as the global platform for the industry to network, discover and unveil... read more


International conference: Sourcing Organic from Ukraine 2016

(26.08.2016) 

Importers of organic products from the Ukraine are facing many challenges. The upcoming international conference, which takes place October 25 and 26, 2016, in... read more


Organic farming and the prospects for stimulating public goods under the Common Agricultural Policy

(20.07.2016) 

The reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) for 2014-2020 lacks clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable... read more


FiBL scientists report the major bottlenecks of organic cotton production in India

(11.07.2016) 

FiBL scientists have released a report identifying "Major bottlenecks of cotton production in Nimar valley of central India". The report is based on a recent farm survey... read more


Geographical indication training in Colombia

(12.07.2016) 

From 13 to 17 June 2016, 25 actors from the social, private and public sector met in Paipa, Colombia, for a 5-day training on Geographical Indications and origin-based... read more


FiBL intensifies cooperation with China – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visits FiBL

(01.07.2016) 

On 23 June 2016, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visited the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick. Ambassador Wenbing... read more


Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

(30.06.2016) 

A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields,... read more


Open Day at FiBL – Finding intelligent solutions for organic farming

(26.06.2016) 

On 26 June 2016, around 5000 people were invited to gain an insight into the work of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick.  read more


First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016

(16.06.2016) 

Almost 130 participants, speakers from around the world and a regional group of TIPI in China founded: The first Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in... read more


Improving the phosphorus supply in organic farming: IMPROVE-P

(08.06.2016) 

How can the management of phosphorus (P) in organic farming be improved? Phosphorus (P) is essential for every living organism as part of its DNA and other molecules.... read more


New technical guide to prevent contamination of organic crops by tropane alkaloids

(06.06.2016) 

In some regions, contamination of organic crops with weeds containing tropane alkaloids such as Jimson Weed and Black Henbane is increasing. Concerned crops are mainly... read more


IFOAM EU publishes new guide on Organic Action Plans

(01.06.2016) 

Over the last decade, the development of Organic Action Plans has gained momentum as a mechanism for achieving a more integrated and balanced approach to organic... read more


The 8th ISEAL Conference "Growing Impacts: Innovation and Evolution"

(30.05.2016) 

From 10 to 12 May 2016, key actors from the sustainability sector gathered in Washington D.C. for the "Global Sustainability Standards Conference 2016", the... read more


Meeting of INRA, ITAB and FiBL

(25.05.2016) 

The National Institute for Agromonic Research (INRA) (France), the Technical Institute for Organic Agriculture (ITAB) (France) and the Research Institute of Organic... read more


TIPI Science Day in China: Detailed programme now available

(17.05.2016) 

On 27 May 2016, a Science Day will take place at BIOFACH China in Shanghai. It is organized by FiBL on behalf of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM -... read more


TIPI Science Day at BIOFACH China

(04.05.2016) 

From 26 to 28 May, BIOFACH CHINA will celebrate its anniversary at the Shanghai World Expo Convention Center (SWEECC). Over 360 exhibitors and around 16,000 visitors... read more


Organic in Europe. Prospects and Developments 2016

(29.04.2016) 

Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014; however, organic production is not moving at the same speed and more effort at policy level... read more


Open day at FiBL Switzerland

(22.03.2016) 

On 26 June 2016, FiBL will host an open day in Frick - you are very welcome! The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL... read more


FiBL study on locally produced food in Freiburg

(25.04.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick conducted a study on the consumption of locally produced food in Freiburg, Germany, based on data collected... read more


Call for Papers for the 19th Organic World Congress

(18.04.2016) 

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, which is taking place from 9 - 11 November 2017 in India, has opened its Call for Papers. Every... read more


Revised fact sheet on the importance of wild bees

(15.04.2016) 

Wild bees and other insects have a crucial role to play in the pollination of both wild plants and crop plants. Over the past few decades, there has been a strong... read more


Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

(06.04.2016) 

On 12 February 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology... read more


Science Day at BIOFACH China 2016

(06.04.2016) 

On 27 May 2016, a Science Day will take place at BIOFACH China in Shanghai. It is organized by FiBL on behalf of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM -... read more


Milestones in the history of FiBL

(19.04.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL was founded in Switzerland over 40 years ago. Over time, new FiBLs were established in Germany and Austria. Since its... read more


SFIAR is calling for applications for this year’s award

(24.03.2016) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural... read more


Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows

(24.03.2016) 

The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. In this video, Anna Wallenbeck from Sweden, Ute Knierim from Germany... read more


First peer-reviewed scientific paper on the Sustainability Assessment Tool SMART published

(24.03.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has published the first peer-reviewed paper on the SMART (Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine) approach... read more


CGIAR features FiBL cotton research in state of the art publication on innovation platforms

(23.03.2016) 

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has long... read more


New fact sheets assessing the use of meat and bone meal and urban organic wastes as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

(15.03.2016) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and requirements for use of meat and bone meal and recycled urban organic... read more


Video: Opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

(15.03.2016) 

Turkey has very favourable production conditions for different organic crops. Due to its proximity to the European market, it is a major producer and exporter of organic... read more


Ukraine at BIOFACH 2016: A successful exhibition

(01.03.2016) 

Eleven Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH (Germany) is the biggest trade fair for organic products... read more


Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

(16.02.2016) 

A team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally... read more


17th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" presented at BIOFACH

(15.02.2016) 

Organic agriculture is practiced in 172 countries, and 43.7 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by approximately 2.3 million farmers. The... read more


Cooperation for Dutch list of inputs

(12.02.2016) 

FiBL and Skal sign cooperation agreement for assessment of inputs for Dutch organic farming. read more


FiBL researchers publish perspective article on Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agro-Ecosystems

(11.02.2016) 

Sustainable intensification of tropical agriculture is crucial, but how to achieve it is a matter of debate. In a new publication, FiBL researchers highlight the major... read more


European organic market continued to grow in 2014

(09.02.2016) 

In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 23.9 billion euros... read more


Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

(10.02.2016) 

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2016 – Numbers, soy and Science Day

(04.02.2016) 

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH in Nuremberg: During the 2015 staging of the world’s leading trade fair for... read more


New report tracks the rapid growth of sustainable markets

(02.02.2016) 

Survey results from 14 sustainability standards across nine commodity areas help determine new statistics and emerging trends for sustainable production. read more


Turkey Organic – A special forum at BIOFACH to reflect on "organic" opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

(25.01.2016) 

Turkey provides highly favorable production conditions for growing different organic crops. Due to its proximity to the European market, Turkey is a well-known producer... read more


Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

(22.01.2016) 

Tailored sustainability solutions from a single source - a new offer for customers in the agricultural and food industries. With this goal, the School of Agricultural,... read more


New series of posts on organic agriculture on Facebook

(14.01.2016) 

FiBL started a new series on Facebook and will post reasons in favour of organic agriculture. The Facebook page is available here: www.facebook.com/FiBLnews. If you do... read more


Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH: Register now

(11.01.2016) 

On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day will take place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. Organised by the Research Institute of... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2016

(08.01.2016) 

Also at BioFach 2016, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand (Hall 1, stand 549) During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts and... read more


New study confirms: Global animal production becoming more sustainable by using less concentrate feed

(16.12.2015) 

According to a new study led by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, reducing the proportion of... read more


Dossier on plant breeding techniques re-edited

(04.12.2015) 

FiBL revised and expanded its dossier on plant breeding techniques in English due to the financial support of the European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB,... read more


First meeting of National Organic Research Forum at FiBL: Combining research and practice

(30.11.2015) 

The purpose of the National Organic Research Forum (NBFF) is to recognise practical research needs and key research areas of organic agriculture. Experts from Swiss... read more


FiBL part of National Centre for Climate Services established by the federal government

(16.11.2015) 

How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The Swiss National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government... read more


SFIAR Award Ceremony 2015

(11.11.2015) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) will present their award on 25 November. The public event is hosted by the University of Bern.  read more


FiBL and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre sign contract

(06.11.2015) 

Over the next four years, experts in organic agriculture will visit the UAE in order to establish a centre for organic agriculture in cooperation with local... read more


Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and European ministers of agriculture visit the FiBL in Frick

(05.11.2015) 

How can agricultural soil be sustained and even improved? A tour through the department of soil sciences at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick... read more


The 3rd African Organic Conference held in Lagos consolidates the progress made on transforming the continental food and agriculture systems

(22.10.2015) 

A vibrant, fast-evolving, ecological and organic movement from Sub-Saharan Africa met with its partners and stakeholders in Lagos, Nigeria, for the third time since... read more


Compliance to voluntary sustainability standards has grown steadily worldwide

(19.10.2015) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presented the first results of its survey on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) at the second Trade for... read more


Organic beekeeping enjoys international backing

(15.10.2015) 

The importance of honeybees to agriculture and thus to human survival is well known. Nevertheless, the honeybee as a species is in danger of extinction but we still have... read more


Feeding the people: Agroecology for nourishing the world and transforming the agri-food system

(08.10.2015) 

On 29th September 2015 the Action Network: Organic Can Feed The Planet published a manifesto and released a declaration, affirming organic as the food and farming system... read more


Anti-Fraud-Initiative: Fighting food fraud in Ukraine

(29.09.2015) 

The Anti-Fraud Initiative (AFI) - the international network to prevent fraud on the organic marketplace — held its 10th workshop "Improving Integrity of Organic Arable... read more


Arguments for organic farming – FiBL provides background info in German and French

(29.09.2015) 

Organic farming offers a multitude of benefits. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has compiled these benefits in its publication entitled "100... read more


Food production requirements of cities – Zurich in comparison with Rennes, Strasbourg and Basel

(23.09.2015) 

As part of the "Zurich isst" month of events, the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) organised a talk on "How big an area do Zurich and... read more


FiBL raises awareness on soil management by taking part in World Sustainability Forum Basel 2015

(01.09.2015) 

From 7 to 9 September, Basel is hosting the World Sustainability Forum for the fifth time. Renowned international experts will speak about progress and recent... read more


New printed farm handbook for organic pig producers

(24.08.2015) 

„Improving health and welfare of pigs“ is a new practical handbook for organic pig producers. The handbook summarizes the expertise of farmers, consultants, scientists... read more


FiBL comments on methodological flaws in a study that criticizes the climate change mitigation potential of Organic Farming

(21.08.2015) 

The study by Julius McGee was published in the journal Agriculture and Human Values in June 2015. read more


FiBL and Agroscope forming partnership to empower organic research

(13.08.2015) 

The secret to a successful organic agriculture is to combine knowledge from both research and practice. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and... read more


FiBL wins Expo Milano award

(11.08.2015) 

FiBL, with its partners from West Africa, received the award as one of 18 winners of the international call for "Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security”... read more


FiBL sets the table at Expo Milano

(04.08.2015) 

Under the title of "Spirito di Basilea – Dinner is served!", FiBL and the city of Basel open their exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion during the Expo Milano. The focus is... read more


EU project with FiBL involvement presented at the Expo Milano 2015

(27.07.2015) 

The project CO-FREE (which stands for "Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming Systems") was presented at the EU-Pavilion during the Expo... read more


LowInputBreeds project improves breeding strategies

(08.07.2015) 

The LowInputBreeds project integrated breeding and management to improve animal health, product quality, and performance in organic and low input milk, meat, and eggs.... read more


Andreas Gattinger earned his habilitation at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

(15.07.2015) 

FiBL researcher Andreas Gattinger recently earned his habilitation at Faculty 09 of the Justus Liebig University Giessen with a thesis on carbon fluxes in soil... read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM in October 2015

(29.06.2015) 

The 10th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland 19-21 October 2015. The prime international meeting of the... read more


Anti-Fraud Workshop: "Improving Integrity of Organic Production in Ukraine"

(23.06.2015) 

The Anti-Fraud Initiative (AFI), the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC) kindly invite... read more


Launch of a new project to combat an important cocoa disease in West Africa

(12.06.2015) 

How can transdisciplinary systems research help develop a novel holistic concept for reducing the spread and impact of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in West Africa?... read more


Call for Applications: SFIAR Award 2015

(27.05.2015) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural... read more


Organic food combines sustainability and quality

(19.05.2015) 

What constitutes the quality of our food? In addition to nutrient content and pesticide residues, the sustainability of food becomes more and more important. Experts... read more


The International Year of Soils at FiBL

(11.05.2015) 

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in order to increase awareness and understanding of this important non-renewable resource. The... read more


Kick-off meeting of OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping

(07.05.2015) 

The OK-Net Arable thematic network funded through Horizon 2020 aims to improve the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase... read more


ICOAS 2015 in October in Bratislava - Registration deadline prolonged

(07.05.2015) 

FiBL and the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) are part of the organizing committee of the 5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture... read more


FiBL report shows organic protein availability and demand

(05.05.2015) 

The aim of the study, carried out as part of the project "Improved Contribution of local feed to support 100 % Organic feed supply to Pigs and Poultry" (ICOPP), was to... read more


June 24-26, 2015: Eucarpia-COBRA-ECO-PB event on organic plant breeding in Munich, Germany

(28.04.2015) 

Register now for the Eucarpia-COBRA-ECO-PB event in Munich, Germany in June.  read more


FiBL session on "Intensification of tropical agro-ecosystems" at the GTÖ conference in Zürich

(14.04.2015) 

The need for the intensification of tropical agro-ecosystems has been widely recognized - but how to do it? read more


Syprobio project presented at Expo Milano 2015

(26.03.2015) 

The focus of Expo Milano 2015 is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." A number of innovative projects have been selected to show best practices of sustainable food... read more


FiBL session "Sustaining our soils: the role of society and transdisciplinary research" at the Global Soil Week

(26.03.2015) 

The Global Soil Week is a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide. This year’s Global Soil Week will highlight the... read more


Syprobio project: Tested innovations already being disseminated in West Africa

(24.03.2015) 

The Syprobio (Systèmes de Production Biologiques, www.syprobio.net) project, coordinated by FiBL, is less than one year away from its completion. After almost five years... read more


International Turkish Quality Symposium for Organic Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

(19.03.2015) 

In collaboration with EKOLOJI IZMIR Fair 17 to 18 April 2015 read more


European research project on soil fertility launched

(11.03.2015) 

Under the leadership of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) the European research project "Fertility building in organic cropping systems" (FertilCrop)... read more


What is your view on sustainability in the organic sector? Survey on thematic priorities

(11.03.2015) 

What are the views of stakeholders on sustainability in the organic sector? In the framework of the project “Further Development of Methodologies for Sustainability... read more


The new FiBL activity report 2014 has arrived

(10.03.2015) 

The 2014 activity report documents on 40 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work and provides an overview of all activity areas of FiBL Germany,... read more


Switzerland and Ministry of Agriculture support development of organic agriculture in Albania

(03.03.2015) 

The Swiss Government and FiBL support Albania in boosting its development of organic agriculture which positively impacts the sustainable growth of the rural economy.... read more


Technical guide on mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing in dairy farming

(23.02.2015) 

FiBL and FOUR PAWS International produced a technical guide on innovative and animal-friendly systems of calf rearing. Based on the experiences of some farmers with... read more


New fact sheet assessing the suitability of sewage sludge precipitation products for use in organic farming

(17.02.2015) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on different treatment methods for sewage sludge and assessed the potentials and risks of... read more


Ukraine’s organic market continues to prosper – despite the current political and economic crisis

(10.02.2015) 

Ukraine is famous for its potential for organic farming. Notwithstanding the difficult political and economic situation, the market continues to develop rapidly. During... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2015: Good numbers and new input for organic

(10.02.2015) 

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH in Nuremberg: During the 2015 staging of the world’s leading trade fair for... read more


European organic market continued to grow in 2013

(10.02.2015) 

In 2013, the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion... read more


Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

(10.02.2015) 

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BIOFACH... read more


Science Day 2015: Register now

(12.01.2015) 

Science Day 2015, to take place on the February 13, 2015 at BIOFACH is organised by TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic... read more


FiBL at BioFach 2015

(19.12.2014) 

Also at BioFach 2015, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand (Hall 1, stand 549). During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts and... read more


IFOAM and bioC announce partnership agreement to launch global organic certification directory

(15.12.2014) 

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and bioC are entering a partnership to launch a global certification directory. The directory will... read more


FAO-FiBL Workshop - a knowledge exchange forum for greening of food value chains

(05.12.2014) 

As the market and its opportunities have an increasing impact; not only on the sustainability of agricultural production practices but also on other activities in the... read more


FiBL at the 18th Organic World Congress

(09.11.2014) 

The 18th Organic World Congress (OWC) took place from 13 to 15 October 2014 in Istanbul. The OWC is regularly convened by the International Federation of Organic... read more


FiBL researcher wins SFIAR award

(06.11.2014) 

FiBL team member Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar has received the 2014 research award from the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR). The former ETH Zurich... read more


IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) at Organic World Congress in Istanbul

(04.11.2014) 

The Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is an informal network of individuals and organizations... read more


Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians at the Salone del Gusto 2014

(31.10.2014) 

For the first time ever, the Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians Trademark was presented to a large international audience at the Salone del Gusto – Terra Madre from... read more


Videos about the OrganicDataNetwork project

(30.10.2014) 

A number of videos have been produced about the OrganicDataNetwork project. The videos were produced by Thomas Alföldi, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL),... read more


Re-Use the phosphorus! Stakeholder workshop on P-recycling (video)

(24.10.2014) 

At a workshop during the 18th Organic World Congress in Istanbul in October 2014, researchers from the Improve-P project discussed recycling of phosphorus (P) in organic... read more


TIPI vision and strategy for organic farming research presented in Istanbul

(20.10.2014) 

A workshop of TIPI,  the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and the 2014 TIPI Member Assembly were... read more


Food wastage costs the world 2.6 trillion dollars each year

(01.10.2014) 

What are the costs to society of food wastage and which preventive measures make macro-economic sense? FAO has now unveiled a study produced by FiBL’s scientists which... read more


FiBL’s scientists debate research findings at Tropentag conference

(23.09.2014) 

This year’s Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) was held in Prague last week. The Tropentag is the key venue... read more


Participatory research – an efficient tool to empower farmers and foster innovation

(02.09.2014) 

Participatory agricultural research has emerged as an internationally acknowledged method to integrate farmers experience and skills into the innovation process. A... read more


FiBL co-founder Michael Rist has died

(25.08.2014) 

On the 17th of August 2014 Michael Rist, a pioneer of the Swiss organic farming scene, died aged 87. read more


Successful final workshop on the promotion of organic farming at universities in South-East Europe

(13.08.2014) 

The final workshop of the SCOPES (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland) project ‘Promoting university education in organic farming in... read more


New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

(14.07.2014) 

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60%... read more


New video: A spotlight on the young researchers in the TILMAN-ORG project

(04.07.2014) 

Within the TILMAN-ORG project  on reduced tillage systems, four PhD theses and several master theses are being carried out. The TILMAN-ORG project is coordinated by... read more


TIPI workshop "Practitioners’ research agenda" at the Organic World Congress

(01.07.2014) 

As a pre-conference of the Organic World Congress 2014 (www.owc2014.org), TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture... read more


Is organic farming the prototype for sustainable agriculture? New book with contributions from FiBL authors recently published

(10.06.2014) 

Much debate still arises about the value of organic farming as a model for sustainable agriculture. Rather than questioning whether organic farming performs better or... read more


OrganicDataNetwork presents results

(10.06.2014) 

Twenty‐four representatives from 15 project members were present in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, during the recent project meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project... read more


Promotion of earthworms for soil fertility – new technical guide available

(09.05.2014) 

Earthworms play a key role in conserving soil fertility and are excellent indicators in agricultural soils. A new technical guide gives an overview of the multiple... read more


Farming in times of climate change – a FiBL project in search of sustainable systems

(22.04.2014) 

The combined effects of climate change, advancing resource scarcity and population growth are placing huge pressure on global food production. Regions such as... read more


SFIAR Award 2014 - Call for Applications

(17.04.2014) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural... read more


New project to provide comparative scientific evidence on the economic performance of organic farming in Africa

(31.03.2014) 

Organic agriculture is increasingly recognized as a means to improving food security in Africa. However, solid data on the benefits of organic practices in Africa are... read more


Rough Guide to Sustainable Food Systems

(31.03.2014) 

Sustainable food systems were the main topic of the EU-project "Foodlinks", which was finished recently. It maintains that urban regions play an important... read more


Wild bees underestimated – A new factsheet summarizes research results relevant to farming practices

(17.03.2014) 

Recent studies have shown that wild bees and other wild pollinators have a crucial role to play in the pollination of both wild plants and crop plants. However, over the... read more


EU project SOLINSA finished

(27.02.2014) 

After three years spent learning and working on new innovations for sustainable agriculture, the EU Project SOLINSA* (www.solinsa.org) has come to an end. Guided by... read more


New publication: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments

(26.02.2014) 

This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth. EU agricultural and food... read more


New biogas-handbook for organic farmers

(18.02.2014) 

Organic farmers considering investing in biogas production to improve farm income and contribute to the environmental sustainability of their farms now have new tools at... read more


Ukraine – Successful presence at BIOFACH

(17.02.2014) 

Ukraine had its first ever organic country pavilion at BIOFACH 2014. Involving nine important Ukrainian companies, the pavilion was organized within the framework of the... read more


FiBL to present many new facts and figures at BIOFACH 2014

(11.02.2014) 

From 12 to 14 February 2014, FiBL will present a cross-section of its work in Hall 1 at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany. FiBL will also be present at a number of events at... read more


Growing Organic Agriculture Sector Explores its Future - Global Organic Statistics 2014 and Organic 3.0

(11.02.2014) 

Organic 3.0 – the future of organic – is on the agenda at BIOFACH 2014. 1.9 million certified organic farmers in 164 countries on 37.5 million hectares and a global... read more


European organic market continued to grow in 2012

(11.02.2014) 

In 2012 the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of almost EUR 23 billion. Consumers in the European Union spent close to EUR 21 billion... read more


Ukraine – New opportunities on fertile grounds

(11.02.2014) 

The fertile black soils of Ukraine are famous and provide perfect conditions for organic farming. At upcoming BIOFACH at Nuremberg, we offer you an interesting... read more


Science day at BioFach 2014: Register now

(03.02.2014) 

On February 14, 2014, Science Day will be held during BioFach, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany.  read more


FiBL at BioFach 2014

(23.12.2013) 

Also at BioFach 2014, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand.  read more


Long-term trial in India shows: Organic Cotton is competitive with GM crops

(05.12.2013) 

Organic cotton shows lower yields than genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton. Nevertheless, the lower production costs render the production of organic cotton feasible.... read more


Boosting awareness of quality issues for the organic sector in Turkey

(03.12.2013) 

Quality assurance in organic farming is developing well in Turkey. A cooperative project involving German authorities and importers has contributed to greater awareness... read more


Sustainable Food Communities of Practice: Conference report

(20.11.2013) 

On 16 October, Hanna Stolz and Heidrun Moschitz from the Socio-Economics Department of FiBL organised the conference “Sustainable Food Communities of Practice – Meet and... read more


FiBL staff member wins SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013

(18.11.2013) 

Christian Andres, formerly a student at ETH Zurich and now working at FiBL, has won the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) Master Thesis Award... read more


Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic Plus call

(14.11.2013) 

CORE Organic is a European transnational research cooperation project supported by the European Commission. Recently a new call was launched.  read more


Fourth workshop of the European project OrganicDataNetwork in Montpellier

(30.10.2013) 

Twenty-eight participants representing the 15 project partners of the OrganicDataNetwork project for better  European organic market information gathered from... read more


Green fingers - Article on TILMAN-ORG in International Innovation

(23.10.2013) 

Recently the article "Green fingers" appeared in the magazine International Innovation, informing about the project "Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable... read more


Global analysis shows that organically farmed lands contribute to climate change mitigation

(02.10.2013) 

Organically farmed lands emit less nitrous oxide and take up greater amounts of atmospheric methane, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. This is the result... read more


Take "mosaic" approach to agriculture, boost support for small farmers, UNCTAD Report urges

(20.09.2013) 

Recently the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 was launched. At a press conference in the Geneva UN Office, Ulrich Hoffmann of UNCTAD, the United Nation's... read more


Expert Group for Technical Advice in Organic Production: Report on greenhouse production published

(18.09.2013) 

The Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production (EGTOP) was set up three years ago in order to provide technical advice to the European Commission. One of... read more


Trademark for regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” launched

(02.09.2013) 

On August 25, the new trademark for high quality regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” was officially launched in the Ukrainian village of... read more


FiBL trial takes centre stage at 3rd Bolivian national agroforestry congress

(27.08.2013) 

For a good four years, FiBL has coordinated a comparative trial of conventional and organic cocoa production at the foot of the Andes. This trial in tropical Alto Beni... read more


New research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana

(26.08.2013) 

The Swiss National Fund (SNF) has approved a new research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana. read more


FiBL celebrates its 40th birthday with 4000 guests

(25.08.2013) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) celebrated its 40th birthday by hosting an open day on August 25, 2013. Over 4000 visitors – including the President... read more


Open day at FiBL in August

(05.07.2013) 

On August 25, 2013 an open day will take place at FiBL in Frick. The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL researchers, to... read more


FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook

(29.06.2013) 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. In fact, the institute’s history goes back even longer, to 1966, when... read more


Call for papers: 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS)

(27.06.2013) 

Papers for the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) in Hungary should be submitted by July 1, 2013. read more


Urs Niggli elected as president of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM

(29.06.2013) 

At the first council meeting of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Urs Niggli, director o... read more


Call for papers: International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin

(06.06.2013) 

The international conference on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean will be held from the 2nd to 4th of December in Agadir, Morocco. A further important topic of... read more


First issue of the CO-FREE Newsletter now available

(27.05.2013) 

The replacement of copper is a key priority in organic farming. The new EU-funded project “Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems”... read more


Bioforsk and FiBL – Partnership strengthened

(15.05.2013) 

Recently the directors of the Organic Food and Farming Division of Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, visited FiBL. Sissel... read more


FiBL partnership with New Zealand

(10.05.2013) 

Following a visit to New Zealand by a Swiss delegation in 2009, New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture David Carter and the former director of the Swiss Federal Office... read more


New project: Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)

(07.05.2013) 

A new European-wide project to support the development of plant breeding focused on the needs of organic producers has recently begun.  read more


Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems

(03.05.2013) 

On November 25 & 26, 2013, the International Conference "Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems" will take place at Aarhus... read more


Better organic data for Europe: project launches discussion forum on the problems of compiling organic market data

(03.05.2013) 

Media release of April 30, 2013 of the OrganicDataNetwork project read more


Recommendations for more harmony between agriculture and landscape

(20.03.2013) 

A new publication analyses the problems of contemporary intensively-farmed landscape and describes possible measures to a more harmonious interaction of agriculture and... read more


New platform established to advance research within organic sector

(05.03.2013) 

Joint press release of March 5, 2013 of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the... read more


The new FiBL activity report 2012 has arrived

(05.03.2013) 

2012 activity report documents on 60 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work. Lively texts generously illustrated with photographs give an... read more


Marketing organic products in Africa – New training video presented at BioFach

(15.02.2013) 

Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presents a new training video entitled “Marketing organic products in Africa – How to become an... read more


New impulses for continued growth: FiBL and IFOAM present latest statistics on organic farming worldwide at BioFach

(12.02.2013) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) present latest statistics on organic... read more


Video: Mechanical weed control in vegetable production

(08.02.2013) 

This video presents several machines for mechanical weed control in commercial vegetable production such as star cultivator, ridge cultivator, flex tine harrow, torsion... read more


Video on reduced tillage: Farmers' motivations and problems

(07.02.2013) 

The TILMAN-ORG consortium presented first results of a survey on organic farmers' motivations and problems related to minimum tillage at the 7th Organic Producers... read more


Science Day at BioFach

(17.01.2013) 

The Science Day at BioFach will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, 15 February 2013, Mailand Room, NCC Mitte at NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg. read more


LowInputBreeds Newsletter December 2012

(16.01.2013) 

The seventh newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project contains information about about progress in subprojects, and the thematic article in this issue explains breeding... read more


New project on organic sector development in Ukraine

(18.12.2012) 

FiBL is implementing organic sector development activities in Ukraine.  read more


FiBL participation at BioFach 2013

(06.12.2012) 

Also at BioFach 2013, the World Organic Trade Fair, which takes place annually in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand. During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts... read more


Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) honours Swiss agricultural scientist Urs Niggli

(16.11.2012) 

(Frick, November 16, 2012) The University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) in Tartu, Estonia, is a leading university in the Baltic region. It trains academics and engineers in... read more


Stanford study: FiBL Austria responds

(12.11.2012) 

The publication of a new meta-analysis by researchers at Stanford University (Smith-Spangler et al. 2012), and particularly the media response to it, has rekindled the... read more


Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed

(10.11.2012) 

Researchers from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) recently published a review of integrated... read more


OrganicDataNetwork: Second project meeting

(31.10.2012) 

Twenty-eight participants attended the second meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project on October 4 and 5, 2012 at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture at FiBL... read more


Organic agricultural policy for Saudi Arabia

(24.10.2012) 

In October 2012 the first agricultural policy strategy designed to achieve sustainable organic sector growth within the country was presented in Saudi Arabia. On behalf... read more


New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods

(22.10.2012) 

Recently the book "Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods", edited by Niels Halberg, ICROFS, and Adrian Müller, FiBL was published by Routledge.  read more


Organic farming enhances soil carbon

(16.10.2012) 

“Organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter”, says a group of international experts... read more


Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study

(11.10.2012) 

This first organic sector study for Saudi Arabia offers an overview of a young but steadily growing sector. It provides a comprehensive insight by describing the... read more


FiBL Shop has a new look

(08.10.2012) 

After almost a year of development work the new FiBL Shop has now gone online. The FiBL Shop offers FiBL’s publications for order or download. The aim of the relaunch... read more


FiBL contributes to success of Second International Organic Animal Husbandry Conference

(24.09.2012) 

Knowledge exchanged at global gathering read more


Why do we need a new Organic Research Network

(23.09.2012) 

In June 2012, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), announced the IFOAM Global... read more


Otto Stich: political realist and committed visionary

(20.09.2012) 

On 13 September 2012, Otto Stich passed away. He was a member of the Swiss Federal Council for 12 years, following which – from 1997 to 2007 – he was President of the... read more


Invitation for Seminar on Quality Integrity

(10.09.2012) 

The Dutch VBP (Vereniging Biologische Producenten en Handel) and AFI (Anti Fraud Initiative) are inviting for a Seminar on Quality Integrity on Wednesday 3 October in... read more


Turkish exporters exchange with European importers on organic product quality assurance

(10.09.2012) 

The recent Importer-Exporter Platform held in Izmir, Turkey, adopted a quality declaration that stressed the responsibility for quality assurance of organic products... read more


Thailand: Organic farming surges ahead thanks to partnership with FiBL

(03.09.2012) 

After the political turmoil, the development of organic agriculture in Thailand is now gaining momentum: the issue is once again on the agenda of national promotion... read more


DOK trial: Sensory, yield and quality differences by production system

(21.08.2012) 

Organic, biodynamic and conventional wheat compared  read more


Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate

(20.08.2012) 

New environmentally friendly method available read more


New publication: The Bio-Economy Concept: Public goods and the farmer's perspective need attention

(27.07.2012) 

Through the long and on-going global economic crisis, the European Union (EU) is seeking to restructure its economy to be more stable and competitive. The transition... read more


Organic Market Development in Ukraine

(30.06.2012) 

On June 26, an official launch of the Swiss project “Organic Market Development in Ukraine” took place in Kyiv at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Financed by... read more


Rio+20 COMMENTARY: From side event to side event

(19.06.2012) 

In his second blog entry on Rio+20 Urs Niggli reports about the current negotiation text.  read more


Rio+20 COMMENTARY: The impotence of science

(15.06.2012) 

In his blog Urs Niggli reports about the developments at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  read more


FiBL and IFOAM announce Global Organic Research Network

(14.06.2012) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) announced at the UN Rio+20 Conference the... read more


Research and knowledge transfer between Switzerland and Slovenia

(05.06.2012) 

The Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has allocated a fund  to support civil society in Slovenia. Financed by this fund, the Slovenian Institute... read more


Support of organic farming: need for a comprehensive development strategy

(29.05.2012) 

New study on support of organic farming in the European Union published read more


FiBL expands aquaculture research

(21.05.2012) 

Aquaculture – the breeding and production of fish and mussels as well as aquatic snails and plants – has a relatively low status in Switzerland compared to other... read more


Updating the knowledge base on organic food quality and processing

(16.05.2012) 

Research project surveys the current state of knowledge on all aspects of organic food quality and processing, and highlights knowledge gaps. read more


First organic sector study for Albania now published

(10.05.2012) 

Albania’s organic sector is still nascent, but is developing most dynamically. FiBL, working with local partners, has compiled the facts and figures in a study... read more


Successful workshop on e-learning tools for universities in South East Europe

(09.05.2012) 

The first workshop of the SCOPES project "Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South East Europe" took place from 3 to 5 May 2012 at FiBL in Frick,... read more


Gently handling young calves makes tender meat

(26.04.2012) 

Researchers at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland have shown that gentle touching and other early contact with beef calves will... read more


Less concentrate feeding can be done!

(25.04.2012) 

For ethical and environmental reasons organic farmers are already limiting concentrate feeding to a maximum of 10% of ruminant rations. But are concentrate feeds really... read more


Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping: a week for the bees, the environment, and society

(20.04.2012) 

The Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping was carried out from March 19 to 25, 2012 in San Cristóbal. Mexico. read more


First Conference of the the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi)

(20.04.2012) 

Over 400 participants attended the first conference of the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) on February 2, 2012. The conference theme was the... read more


FiBL takes Swiss Sustainability Prize

(15.04.2012) 

On 13 April, at the NATUR Gala, the Swiss sustainability festival, the renowned Prix NATURE Swisscanto was awarded. Three individuals or projects that promote... read more


European project OrganicDataNetwork to improve organic market data

(13.04.2012) 

In most European countries, organic agriculture and the organic market have grown constantly for years. Key figures about the development of the organic sector are... read more


Conference on the organic sector development in CEE and Central Asian countries to take place in Turkey in April

(04.04.2012) 

The "4th International conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries" is scheduled for April 13-14, 2012 in Izmir.... read more


New study on no-till agriculture and its contribution to climate change mitigation and sustainability

(22.03.2012) 

FiBL authors recently completed a study that examined the state of research on climate impacts of no-till agriculture. The study—“No till agriculture – a climate smart... read more


Organic sector development in Central and Eastern Europe: Video

(21.03.2012) 

Thomas Alföldi of FiBL produced a video of the session "Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe" at the BioFach Congress 2012. Since many... read more


African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Knowledge shall help make farmers more fit for business

(16.02.2012) 

Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) today presents its African Organic Agriculture Training Manual at the event “Unleashing Africa's Organic... read more


Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady

(14.02.2012) 

FiBL and IFOAM are presenting the latest data on organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach in Nuremburg. read more


German-Turkish Cooperation Project Organic Agriculture: Presentation at the BioFach Conngress

(09.02.2012) 

On February 16, 2012, the German-Turkish Cooperation Project Organic Agriculture, will be presented from 1 to 2.30 pm in room Singapur at the BioFach Congress in... read more


New report on the climate mitigation potential of organic agriculture

(02.02.2012) 

At the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, stakeholders along the organic food production chain established a Round Table on Organic... read more


Organic imports to Germany

(31.01.2012) 

Germany is not only the largest market for organic products in Europe but also one of its largest organic producers. In spite of this fact, in 2009/2010 Germany... read more


Final Congress of the Carbon Credits for Sustainable Land Use Systems (CaLas) project

(25.01.2012) 

Soil carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emissions from farmland are two important indicators of the climate impact of agricultural systems. How do organic systems... read more


Comparative analysis of organic and non organic agricultural holdings in Luxembourg

(24.01.2012) 

A Luxembourg study investigated environmental and economic parameters on organic and non-organic agricultural holdings. The result: At present, organic farms do not... read more


Research & development focus on soya bean processing

(13.01.2012) 

The interdisciplinary soya bean research project began its work a year ago. The research team is comprised of scientists, researchers and processing experts who share a... read more


Integrating reduced tillage and green manures in organic cropping - New European research project has started

(04.01.2012) 

Recently the new European project “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable cropping systems” (TILMAN-ORG) has started. Over three years, eleven European... read more


First newsletter of ÖMKI - The Organic Agriculture Research and Advisory Institute in Hungary

(22.12.2011) 

The recently established Organic Agriculture Research and Advisory Institute (Ökológiai Mezőgazdasági Kutatóintézet – ÖMKi) in Hungary has now published its first... read more


Import of Bio Suisse certified oats from Ukraine

(20.12.2011) 

In December, the first Bio Suisse certified oats were successfully imported from Ukraine. The collaboration between the Swiss importer, the Ukrainian farm and the... read more


New study released on options for climate-friendly agriculture

(06.12.2011) 

Working closely with scientists at the universities of Hohenheim in Germany and Aarhus in Denmark, FiBL authors have produced a study of the agricultural policy options... read more


First edition of the Organic-Africa.net newsletter – With latest updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project

(22.11.2011) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has recently released the first Organic-Africa.net newsletter of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual... read more


Should the EU ecolabel be extended to the food sector?

(18.11.2011) 

A decision of the European Union on whether an ecolabel should be launched for food, feed and drink products is expected in the first half of 2012. read more


African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Implementation in Africa begins

(16.11.2011) 

Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) today presents its African Organic Agriculture Training Manual at the International Conference on... read more


On the death of Philippe Matile: “The bud Is the most notable mark I’ll leave”

(14.11.2011) 

On Saturday October 29, 2011, Philippe Matile died at the age of 79. Philippe Matile was one of seven individuals who founded the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of... read more


New videos: Main achievements of the SASA project in Albania (Sustainable Agricultural Support in Albania)

(09.11.2011) 

After 10 years, the Swiss funded SASA project (Sustainable Agricultural Support in Albania) implemented by FiBL is coming to an end in December 2011. To visualise the... read more


FiBL opens African office

(03.11.2011) 

To spearhead an EU-funded research and development project, FiBL has opened its first office in Africa. The “Syprobio” project, scheduled to run for five years, will... read more


Sixth Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting Lucerne

(02.11.2011) 

At the sixth ABIM-Lucerne Conference, the prime international meeting of the biocontrol industry, novel and safe biological crop protection products have been presented... read more


FiBL launches new Organic Agriculture Research & Advisory Institute in Hungary

(12.10.2011) 

As part of its project 'Advancing Organic Agriculture Research in Hungary,' the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) based in Frick, Switzerland recently... read more


New technical guide: Organic pig production in Europe

(10.10.2011) 

Organic farmers in Europe have developed different housing systems for pigs based on the availability of land, soil characteristics, climate, tradition and national... read more


Helping smallholders farm sustainably

(29.09.2011) 

Swiss institute presents a training manual for Africa  read more


Potential of organic farming practices to mitigate climate change - work continues

(05.09.2011) 

The Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC), formed in December 2009 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, reports on work to... read more


Workshop on improving the organic certification system

(01.09.2011) 

A workshop on improving the organic certification system is being organized by CERTCOST on Friday, October 14, 2011 in Brussels. read more


Anti Fraud Initiative organizes workshop in October in Brussels

(01.09.2011) 

The Anti Fraud Initiative organizers - the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Resource Protection Ltd. (GfRS) and the Louis Bolk Institute - are... read more


Stakeholder assessment on the development of a Carpathian trademark in the Ukraine

(30.08.2011) 

The Swiss Government (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO) is supporting an assessment for developing a Carpathian trademark in the Ukraine. Such a... read more


Project website launched for farming systems comparison in the tropics

(26.08.2011) 

With the help of local partners, FiBL began research on long-term farming systems comparisons between 2005 and 2007 in three countries: Kenya, India and Bolivia. The... read more


Agriculture in the times of climate change – Organic farming approaches to face the challenge

(12.08.2011) 

Public seminar on October 18, 2011 on organic farming and climate change at the European Parliament Brussels.  read more


Side event on genetic resources and organic agriculture at the session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

(15.07.2011) 

On July 19, during the 13th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (18-22 July 2011) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of... read more


GM cotton seeds a threat to Indian farmers

(06.07.2011) 

Extensive use of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds is destroying agricultural bio-diversity and jeopardising the livelihood of over four million cotton growers in... read more


New consultancy mandate on organic apple and black currant production in Ukraine

(04.07.2011) 

Together with its partner institution, Organic Standard Ltd (Ukraine), FiBL Switzerland has gained a new consultancy mandate from the IFC (International Finance... read more


Organic law vetoed in Ukraine

(04.07.2011) 

The President of Ukraine vetoed the law on Ukrainian Organic Production that had been passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 21, 2011. read more


Successfully importing organic products to Europe

(24.06.2011) 

The potential of the organic market is huge. To operate successfully in importing organic products to Switzerland and the European Union, it is crucial to have accurate... read more


Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) – A problem not specific to sustainable agriculture

(22.06.2011) 

Revised version of the FiBL background document on E. coli (EHEC) now available read more


EU Project on food security begins in North Korea

(16.06.2011) 

A FiBL-led EU project on food security in North Korea recently begins. read more


EHEC – A problem not specific to organic farming

(13.06.2011) 

There has been much speculation about the pathogenic EHEC bacterial strain that has claimed the lives of more than thirty people so far in Germany. In the present... read more


Ukraine: Parliament approves law on organic farming

(26.04.2011) 

The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has—as one of the last in Eastern Europe—approved a new law on organic farming. This is a major mile-stone for the sector and... read more


Organic agriculture and biodiversity - the facts

(05.04.2011) 

Interest in ecologically sound farming is growing. FiBL scientists have therefore summed up the latest research findings on organic agriculture's contribution to... read more


Advancing organic agriculture research in Hungary

(22.03.2011) 

The strategic aim of the project "Advancing Organic Agriculture Research in Hungary," launched in 2011, is to foster research of high scientific caliber in the field of... read more


Scientific conference on organic agriculture takes place in Germany

(21.03.2011) 

Over 400 scientists gathered at the 11th Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture to discuss topics ranging from climate change to biodiversity. The program included... read more


Organic beekeeping and market trends: Presentation at BioFach

(02.03.2011) 

During Biofach 2011, market trends and figures on organic beekeeping were presented in the workshop "Organic beekeeping and market trends."  The interest... read more


Global organic area: Continued growth

(15.02.2011) 

Thirty-seven million hectares of agricultural land worldwide are farmed organically. The countries with the largest area of organic agricultural land are Australia,... read more


EU ecolabel for food and feed products - A feasibility study

(31.01.2011) 

The Ecolabel regulation of the European Union has recently been revised and the scope extended such that the labelling scheme can now, in theory, cover food, drink and... read more


The new FiBL activity report 2010 has arrived

(27.01.2011) 

Freshly printed and in three languages, the new activity report is a fascinating look at FiBL Germany, Austria and Switzerland's most important projects. This... read more


Call for Papers: Internationale Konferenz zu Biolebensmittelqualität und Gesundheit in Prag

(07.01.2011) 

Die erste internationale wissenschaftliche Konferenz zu Biolebensmittelqualität und Gesundheit findet vom 18. bis 20. Mai 2011 in Prag (Tschechien) statt. Beiträge... read more


Tropical long-term trial inaugurated in Bolivia

(23.12.2010) 

The region of Alto Beni in Bolivia recently inaugurated one of FiBL’s long-term farming system comparisons in the tropics. The field trial testing cacao in various... read more


Organic research platform launched

(09.12.2010) 

(Frick/Rome, December 9, 2010) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with partners, is developing the “Organic Research Centres... read more


Bioinstitut: Annual report 2009 Now Published

(01.12.2010) 

Bioinstitut, one of the founding members of FiBL International, has been actively involved in the development of organic agriculture in the Czech Republic for five years... read more


First meeting of the Anti Fraud Initiative in North America

(01.12.2010) 

The first meeting of the Anti Fraud Initiative in North America was held October 11‐12, 2010 in the Marlowe hotel in Boston, prior to the Expo East organic trade... read more


Workshop in Brussels on the new import regime

(01.12.2010) 

The European Union is currently implementing the revised rules on the import regime according to the EU regulation on organic farming. Beginning 2011, the first list of... read more


New handbook published: How to successfully communicate the values of organic food

(16.11.2010) 

FiBL participated in a project that recently published a handbook on how to successfully communicate the values of organic food on Organic Eprints. read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting Lucerne 2010

(28.10.2010) 

At the fifth ABIM-Lucerne Conference, the prime international meeting of the biocontrol industry, novel and safe biological crop protection products have been presented... read more


International expert workshop on applying life cycle assessment to organic agriculture held in Bari, Italy

(11.10.2010) 

The 'International expert workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) - methods, models, and databases with focus on GHG emission and sequestration potential of organic... read more


Project minimizing use of veterinary medicines comes to a successful close

(07.10.2010) 

The final workshop for the CORE Organic project "ANIPLAN" took place at FiBL in Frick on September 27-30, 2010. read more


Organic Agriculture in Serbia: Training for Advisors

(28.09.2010) 

Within the GTZ-funded project “Organic Agriculture in Serbia,” the consortium of AFC Consultants International and FiBL successfully implemented a training for state... read more


The Gandhi of organic agriculture visits FiBL

(24.09.2010) 

Eighty-eight year old Bhaskar H. Save – known in India as the Gandhi of organic agriculture – visits with scientists at FiBL on September 23, 2010, during his first trip... read more


Network for practical research in organic farming (VÖP) founded

(23.09.2010) 

On September 21, 2010 the Network for Practical Research in Organic Farming (VÖP) was founded by four German organizations: the organic producers organisations Bioland... read more


Anti Fraud Initiative North America

(16.09.2010) 

The conference 'Anti Fraud Initiative North America' takes place October 11 and 12, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. read more


Organic Agriculture in the Tropics: Pioneering Effort with Long-term Trials

(13.09.2010) 

What can organic farming do to alleviate poverty and ensure food security in countries in the South? During the “Tropentag” (the Conference on Tropical and Subtropical... read more


FiBL to support the government of Sikkim to convert to organic by 2015

(09.09.2010) 

FiBL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government to support the Indian Federal State of Sikkim on organic farming research and training with the... read more


Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: Workshop and Meeting

(07.09.2010) 

An expert workshop on "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) - methods, models, and databases with focus on GHG emissions and sequestration potential of organic farming systems... read more


CORE Organic II: Call Announcement

(06.09.2010) 

CORE Organic II has published an announcement of a common call with a closing date of 15 October 2010.  read more


Call for papers announced for 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress and the third ISOFAR Conference 2011

(16.08.2010) 

In preparation for the first Asian IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organic World Congress, organisers announce a call for papers for... read more


First LowInputBreeds Symposium

(02.08.2010) 

The main goal of the first symposium of the LowInputBreeds project is to identify and discuss areas of ethical concern in relation to breeding and selection in general... read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting Lucerne October 2010

(29.07.2010) 

At the 5th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting Lucerne (ABIM Lucerne 2010), novel and safe biological crop protection products will be presented and new trends in the... read more


Common Agricultural Policy: Organic Farming Can Deliver Best Solutions to Meet Public Demands

(19.07.2010) 

On July 19, 2010, the European Commission opened a two-day conference to debate the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to discuss the results of the related public... read more


New Ph.D. Dissertation at FiBL on Breeding for Organic Agriculture

(08.07.2010) 

Isabell Hildermann from the FiBL Soil Sciences group recently completed her Ph.D. on Wheat Breeding for Organic Agriculture. read more


CORE Organic II call pre-announcement

(05.07.2010) 

The transnational partnership CORE Organic published a pre-announcement July 5, 2010, of a common call for CORE Organic II. The call will be launched on September 1,... read more


New Ph.D. thesis at FiBL shows organic farming can be an economically efficient instrument for achieving environmental policy targets

(02.07.2010) 

Christian Schader of the FiBL Socio-economics group recently completed his Ph.D. thesis on cost-effectiveness of organic farming for achieving environmental policy... read more


First workshop of the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change RTOACC

(02.07.2010) 

On May 10th and 11th 2010 the first workshop of the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) took place at FiBL. Thirty-five experts from ten... read more


FiBL-supported Citricos Ex wins Prestigious Mexican National Export Award for organic citrus exports to Switzerland

(07.06.2010) 

Citricos Ex (Citrex), a Mexican company dedicated to processing fruit juices from the Veracruz region, was recently awarded Mexico’s top National Export Award. The... read more


5th Latin American and Caribbean Organic Meeting and Fair

(29.05.2010) 

The 5th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of producers and researchers in organic agriculture and the V Fair of the Latin American and Caribbean Organic Producers... read more


Second newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project now available

(27.04.2010) 

The second newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project provides brief state-of-the-arts reports on two themes within the project: the concept of flower breeding in pigs and... read more


The European network for organic agriculture research will continue

(26.04.2010) 

The international research cooperation for organic agriculture will continue. The Federal Office of Agriculture met in mid-April with representatives from 22 European... read more


University of Kassel at Witzenhausen appoints FiBL Director Urs Niggli Honorary Professor

(29.03.2010) 

The University of Kassel at Witzenhausen appoints the well-known specialist for organic farming, Urs Niggli, Honorary Professor. The University of Kassel Faculty of... read more


Founding of FiBL International

(03.03.2010) 

FiBL International was launched on February 19, 2010 at the BioFach Conference in Nuremberg, Germany read more


35 Million Hectares of Organic Agricultural Land World-wide

(15.02.2010) 

FiBL and IFOAM present new facts and figures about organic agriculture world-wide at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany.  read more


New logo selected for all EU organic products

(08.02.2010) 

On February 8, 2010, the European Commission officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition. Over the past two months, some 130'000 people have voted... read more


Management and breeding for organic plant and livestock production systems

(05.02.2010) 

Results of the European QLIF project and an outlook on the new projects NUE-CROPS and LowInputBreeds will be presented at the BioFach Congress.  read more


Organic farming world-wide: Latest figures at BioFach 2010

(05.02.2010) 

At the BioFach Congress 2010, the latest figures on organic agriculture world-wide will be presented.  read more


Ukrainian certification body Organic Standard internationally recognized

(05.01.2010) 

The Ukrainian certification body Organic Standard (OS) has been recognized by the International Organic Accreditation Service IOAS as the first Ukrainian certification... read more


New EU organic logo: Commentary by Urs Niggli

(21.12.2009) 

According to Urs Niggli, Director of FiBL and member of the jury, the harsh criticism of the organic stakeholders over the 3 proposed organic logos is not justified.  read more


COPENHAGEN COMMENTARY: Bad times for NGOs

(16.12.2009) 

More than 25,000 NGO delegates had registered before COP15, yet many remained barred from entering the overfilled conference centre. In the meantime, representatives of... read more


Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change established

(16.12.2009) 

Climate change directly influences food production and food security. To address these new challenges, the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change has been... read more


COPENHAGEN COMMENTARY: Climate change and social justice

(15.12.2009) 

The question of social justice is emerging in many of the Copenhagen events as a most urgent issue. Small and medium-sized farmers, for example, fear that they may be... read more


COPENHAGEN COMMENTARY: Agriculture can slow global warming – but which type of agriculture?

(13.12.2009) 

At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the farmers' organizations are calling for agriculture to be included in the negotiations as a part of the package of... read more


Climate Change Conference: The organic movement is present

(10.12.2009) 

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM and FiBL are present at the Climate Change Conference with several activities.  read more


Reducing greenhouse gases, sequestering carbon – Harnessing the potential of organic farming!

(09.12.2009) 

Copenhagen Climate Summit: FiBL calls for worldwide promotion of organic farming read more


FiBL at BioFach 2010

(07.12.2009) 

FiBL and partners will have several presentations and workshops at the BioFach Congress 2010. As in previous years, FiBL has a booth in hall 1.  read more


Anti Fraud Initiative: Fourth Workshop in Brussels

(04.12.2009) 

More then 60 representatives from authorities, trade and certification bodies from 12 European countries and the US met in Brussels to exchange information, and come to... read more


LowInputBreeds: Newsletter subscription

(06.11.2009) 

The LowInputBreeds project unites 21 partners from Europe and other parts of the world will develop integrated breeding and management strategies to tackle the issue of... read more


Global organic agriculture: Positive mood in the international organic market

(04.11.2009) 

In a recent press relase BioFach informs about current market trends. FiBL provided some of the information from the current survey on organic agriculture world-wide. read more


Anti Fraud Initiative invites to meeting

(28.10.2009) 

The fourth workshop of the Anti Fraud Initiative AFI will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. This meeting follows up on earlier meetings in Bonn, Frick, Amsterdam,... read more


Growing Genetic Resources in Organic Agriculture - FiBL and partners present findings at FAO

(26.10.2009) 

In October 2009, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture met in Rome, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO. During this... read more


TP Organics: Online Consultation on Strategic Research Agenda

(23.10.2009) 

The Technology Platform TP Organics has reached major achievements in the first half year 2009 on its way towards a Strategic Research Agenda. The current consultation... read more


Online training course on Successful Organic Production and Export from 2-27 November 2009

(08.10.2009) 

In November 2009, the course 'Successful Organic Production and Export'  will be launched. It is a joint project of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP... read more


European project LowInputBreeds begins: Improving animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems

(07.10.2009) 

A large-scale project which aims to improve animal health and product quality in European organic and ‘low input’ livestock production systems has just begun. read more


Seminar in Ukraine: Quality of organic grain crops

(29.09.2009) 

In the frame of the Swiss-Ukrainian Cooperation project, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and implemented by FiBL, a one-day seminar on... read more


ORCA: Database with information on organic research institutions now online

(28.09.2009) 

The proposed Organic Research Centres Alliance ORCA intends to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them... read more


Research on organic vegetable production: International meeting

(22.09.2009) 

On October 23, an international meeting of researchers in organic vegetable production will take place, in Köln-Auweiler, Germany.  read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting in October in Lucerne, Switzerland

(03.09.2009) 

The fourth  Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM-Lucerne 2009) will take place together with IBMA’s* Annual General Assembly and Group Meetings at the... read more


Seed Diversity in organic agriculture: FiBL feedback on Draft IFOAM Position

(24.08.2009) 

From August 25 to 28, 2009, the IFOAM Conference on Organic Animal and Plant Breeding is taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA).  The International... read more


www.oekoregelungen.de updated

(20.08.2009) 

The website www.oekoregelungen.de has recently been updated. The site informs about organic regulations and private organic standards in 27 countries. It also provides... read more


Open day at FiBL: A big success

(17.08.2009) 

An estimated 3'800 visitors made their way to the open day of FiBL and the Swiss inspection body bio.inspecta.  More information is available at the German pages... read more


European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity: Seminar in Frick

(12.08.2009) 

On September 24 and 25, 2009 the second European seminar on the European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity ELN-FAB will be held at FiBL in Frick,... read more


Organic farming worldwide: New Worldwatch Report

(01.08.2009) 

The Worldwatch Institute has prepared an extensive overview article about organic farming world-wide. Some of it is based on the data compiled by FiBL and IFOAM and on... read more


Organic Meeting and Organic Producers Fair of Latin America and the Caribbean

(21.07.2009) 

The IVth Organic Meeting and the IVth Organic Producers Fair of Latin America and the  Caribbean will be held during October 12 to 16, 2009 in Salinitas, El... read more


Bioacademy 2009: Answers to the challenges of the global crisis

(14.07.2009) 

The 9th European Summer Academy on Organic Farming - Biocademy 2009 - was held on June 24 to 25, 2009, in the premises of the Horticultural Faculty of the Mendel... read more


August 16, 2009: Open day at FiBL

(29.06.2009) 

FiBL was founded a full 35 years ago, and bio.inspecta now looks back on 10 successful years. Reason enough to hold the first joint Open Day on Sunday, 16 August 2009.... read more


World Congress on Organic Cotton – From Fashion to Sustainability

(13.05.2009) 

On the occasion of the UN Year of Natural Fibers 2009 the International Congress on Organic Cotton „From Fashion to Sustainability“ is organized by Helvetas, in... read more


European Union: Competition to create a new EU organic logo

(11.05.2009) 

The European Union is looking for a new logo for organic products. Young artists or designers can enter the logo competition and send their creations until June 25,... read more


Key results from the QLIF project now available

(04.05.2009) 

The Integrated Project 'Improving quality and safety and reduction of costs in the European organic and low input supply chains' QLIF was funded by the European... read more


2009 edition of 'The World of Organic Agriculture' now published

(02.03.2009) 

The 10th edition of 'The World of Organic Agriculture' documents recent developments in global organic agriculture.It includes contributions from representatives of the... read more


Global Organic Agriculture: Continued Growth

(18.02.2009) 

FiBL and IFOAM present new facts and figures about organic agriculture worldwide at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany read more


Ecropolis: sensory properties of organic food

(26.01.2009) 

In January 2009, the European research project Ecropolis was approved. read more


Technology Research Platform ‘Organics’ launched

(02.12.2008) 

The European Union's and global agriculture face major challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity, food security and depopulation of rural areas. The research... read more


Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries ‘Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework’

(02.12.2008) 

The Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries ‘Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework’ was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 5 and 6, 2008. Participants... read more


European Action Plans on Organic Food and Farming

(05.11.2008) 

The partners of the European project ORGAP (Development of criteria and procedures for the evaluation of the EU Action Plan for Organic Agriculture) have recently... read more


LibanCert/Quacerta launches ISO65 accreditation

(06.10.2008) 

The Lebanese organic certification body, LibanCert, launched its ISO 65 accreditation by IOAS, the International Organic Accreditation Service, on October 6, 2008 in... read more


Activity report 2008

(15.09.2008) 

Sustainable land use, biodiversity, environmental protecion, food quality and animal welfare - these are only some of the subjects the Research Institute of Organic... read more


Guidelines for successful organic action plan development and evaluation welcomed in Brussels

(09.07.2008) 

The European Commission and EU member states welcome the new manual and toolbox for the development, implementation and evaluation of organic food and farming action... read more


OrganicXseeds now the official database in Bulgaria

(09.06.2008) 

Green light for registration of organic seed and propagating material in Bulgaria read more


Global Organic Farming: Continued Growth

(20.02.2008) 

IFOAM, FiBL and SÖL present new facts and figures about the organic sector at BioFach 2008 read more


New alternative to antibiotics for fireblight control

(22.10.2007) 

At the ABIM-Lucerne Conference, the prime international meeting of the biocontrol industry, a southern German biocontrol company presented a natural antagonist for the... read more


More Security in the Organic Certification

(08.10.2007) 

How can a pro-active risk management recognise and prevent fraud attempts? How are traders, label organisations, certification bodies and authorities dealing with fraud... read more


Working together to optimise organic agriculture

(12.03.2007) 

European conference presents latest research results read more


Organic farming saves resources and the climate – Promoting organic farming means mitigating climate change!

(15.02.2007) 

Organic is good for the climate: At BioFach 2007 in Nuremberg, the world’s largest trade fair for organic farming and food, a workshop tackles the issue of Climate... read more


Food quality: Clear benefits of organic products

(31.10.2006) 

Eating organic is not sufficient in itself to make us healthier. But organic products are an important part of a sustainable and healthy diet. This dossier sets out the... read more


Europe’s oldest long-term trial in organic ar-able farming set to continue

(14.08.2006) 

Long-term farming trials are under great financial pressure. Hence the focus of research is increasingly shifting towards short-term schemes. But the Agroscope... read more


The World of Organic Agriculture: More Than 31 Million Hectares Worldwide

(14.02.2006) 

IFOAM, FiBL and SOEL present new facts and figures about organic farming at BioFach 2006 read more


New technical guides for organic farming in English

(07.02.2006) 

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) and the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) present five technical guides for farmers, students and... read more


New extension tools for organic cotton production

(02.02.2006) 

The Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland, has developed a set of new guide books and training materials on organic cotton production in the... read more


Certification company of the organic movement in the Balkans now accredited

(09.01.2006) 

Bulgarian organic certification agency BALKAN BIOCERT Ltd. is now accredited (EN 45011/ISO 65) and licensed read more


More than 26 Million certified organic hectares worldwide

(23.02.2005) 

IFOAM, FiBL and SÖL present new facts and figures about organic farming at the BioFach fair read more


Organic Agriculture in Europe: Continued Growth

(22.02.2005) 

FiBL presents current facts & trends at Biofach 2005 read more


Statistical Data on Organic Farming in Europe

(17.05.2004) 

Official interest in organic farming data collection in all coun-tries on the rise, but harmonisation is needed read more


Organic seed database www.organicXseeds.de presented at Biofach trade fair

(21.02.2004) 

organicXseeds, the Internet-based database operated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), is the official database for organic seed and potato... read more


IFOAM, SÖL and FiBL present new facts and figures about organic farming at the BioFach fair

(17.02.2004) 

The Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, the Foundation Ecology & Farming (SÖL), Germany, and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture... read more


Organic farming policies in Europe: What will the future hold?

(16.02.2004) 

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and University of Wales jointly coordinate European Union project on "Further development of organic farming policies in... read more


organicXseeds: FiBL database for organic seeds to be used across Europe from 2004

(02.12.2003) 

From January 2004 the organicXseeds internet database set up by FiBL, the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, will be the official database for organic... read more


Better information on the organic market FiBL involved in European Union project to improve access to data throughout Europe’s organic farming sector

(02.12.2003) 

The European market for organically grown products is increasing all the time. However there is a distinct shortage of reliable market information. The European Union... read more


For Innovations in Organic Agriculture: Researchers organise world-wide

(20.06.2003) 

International Society of Organic Agriculture Research founded. read more


Publication of a manual for organic agriculture training in the Tropics

(29.11.2002) 

Organic farming helps to conserve natural resources and to secure an adequate food supply for people in the Southern Hemisphere. This fact is increasingly supported by... read more


Science publishes its first European paper on organic agriculture

(30.05.2002) 

Organic agriculture is finally making its presence felt in the worldwide scientific community. For the last 24 years the DOK trial has compared conventional agricultural... read more