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New EU organic logo: Commentary by Urs Niggli


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



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


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


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?


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


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!


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

FiBL at BioFach 2010


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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