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FiBL Newsletter February 2012

Contents

1. In Focus

FiBL at BioFach 2012

 

2. News

2.1 New Report on the Climate Mitigation Potential of Organic Agriculture
2.2 Organic Imports to Germany
2.3 Final Congress of the Carbon Credits for Sustainable Land Use Systems (CaLas) Project
2.4 Comparative Analysis of Organic and Non-Organic Agricultural Holdings in Luxemburg
2.5 Research & Development Focus on Soya Bean Processing
2.6 Integrating Reduced Tillage and Green Manures in Organic Cropping – New Project
2.7 First Edition of the Organic-Africa.net Newsletter – With Latest Updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual Project
2.8 Should the EU Ecolabel Be Extended to the Food Sector?
2.9 On the Death of Philippe Matile: “The Bud Is the Most Notable Mark I’ll Leave”
2.10 New Video: Main Achievements of the SASA Project in Albania (Sustainable Agricultural Support in Albania)
2.11 FiBL Opens African Office
2.12 First Newsletter of ÖMKI  – The Organic Agriculture Research and Advisory Institute in Hungary

 

3. New Publications

3.1 New Study Released on Options for Climate-friendly Agriculture
3.2 New Technical Guide: Organic Pig Production in Europe

 

4. Events
4.1 Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping in Mexico, 19.03.2012 - 25.03.2012, Location: San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
4.2 Second Symposium of the LowInputBreeds Project, 15.05.2012 - 18.05.2012, Location: Tunis, Tunisia
4.3 ABIM 2012, 22.10.2012 - 23.10.2012, Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

1. In Focus: FiBL at BioFach 2012, February 15 to 18, 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany

Come and visit us at Stand 150 in Hall 1.
During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts and partners will present the latest research results and trends in the organic sector.

Information on FiBL’s activities at BioFach are available at
> www.biofach.fibl.org/en/biofach-en.html

The FiBL programme at a glance:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

  • 14.00 - 15.00: The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends
  • 16.00 - 17.30: Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 16.00 - 17.30: Klimafreundlich Bio?!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

  • 10.00 - 11.00: Glaubwürdige Nachhaltigkeitsberichterstattung / Ensuring Credibility in Sustainability Reporting (This presentation is in German)
  • 11.00 - 12.30: Developing Organic Agriculture’s Leadership in Sustainability
  • 13.00 - 14.30: Presentation of the German-Turkish Cooperation Organic Agriculture
  • 13.00 - 14.00: Organic Aquaculture in Europe - Meeting Challenges of Sustainability!
  • 13.00 - 15.00: Global Market Overview
  • 14.00 - 15.30: Analysis, Optimisation and Communication of Sustainability in the Organic Value Chains (Presentation in English and German)

Friday, February 17, 2012

  • 10.00 - 11.00: Improving the Organic Certification System
  • 11.00 - 12.00: Bio Importe nach Deutschland / Organic Imports to Germany (This presentation is in German)
  • 11.00 - 12.30: The new EU import rules – a threat or an opportunity for organic integrity?
  • 12.00 - 13.00: FAO Guidelines for Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture (SAFA)
  • 14.00 - 15.00: US/EU Trade Update
  • 15.00 - 16.00: Ecropolis

Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • 11.00 - 12.00: Organic Food and Farming in the Post-2013 EU Research Programme
  • 12.00 - 13.30: Current Development and Strategies Against GMO-contamination in Organic Beekeeping

2. News

2.1 New Report on the Climate Mitigation Potential of Organic Agriculture

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 Agriculture and Climate Change. The objective is to coordinate research and development on organic agriculture and climate change. A new publication now provides a non-technical summary of the principal results for interested laypersons as well as baseline data for future climate projects conducted by researchers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-standard-reference-on-the-climate-mitigation-potential-of-organic-agriculture.html

2.2 Organic Imports to Germany

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 imported, depending on the product, 2 to 95 percent of such organic products which could also have been produced in the country. This is shown by a project under the German Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organic-imports-to-germany.html

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

Soil carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emissions from farmland are two important indicators of the climate impact of agricultural systems. How do organic systems fare compared to non-organic systems in this respect? FiBL presented the results of a meta-analysis of global data at the final congress of the CaLas project (Carbon Credits from Sustainable Land Use Systems).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/final-congress-of-the-carbon-credits-for-sustainable-land-use-systems-calas-project.html

2.4 Comparative Analysis of Organic and Non-organic Agricultural Holdings in Luxembourg

This study investigated environmental and economic parameters on organic and non-organic agricultural holdings. The result: At present, organic farms do not receive adequate compensation for their positive environmental impacts.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/comparative-analysis-of-organic-and-non-organic-agricultural-holdings-in-luxembourg.html

2.5 Research & Development Focus on Soya Bean Processing

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 common interest: They aim at developing varieties and agronomic methods that will make soya bean cultivation in Germany profitable, including their cultivation in agronomically less favourable areas. The project is coordinated by FiBL and funded under the Federal Organic Farming Scheme and other forms of sustainable agriculture (BÖLN).

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/research-development-focus-on-soya-bean-processing.html

2.6 Integrating Reduced Tillage and Green Manures in Organic Cropping – New Project

Recently the new European project “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable cropping systems” (TILMAN-ORG) has started. Over three years, eleven European countries will collaborate in this project under the leadership of the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/integrating-reduced-tillage-and-green-manures-in-organic-cropping-new-european-research-project-ha.html

2.7 First Edition of the Organic-Africa.net Newsletter – With Latest Updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual Project

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has recently released the first Organic-Africa.net newsletter of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project. Over the last 2 years, the project team of agronomists and other specialists in Africa and in Switzerland has been busy creating practical training materials to promote best organic and ecological farming practices in Africa.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/first-editon-of-the-organic-africanet-newsletter-with-latest-updates-on-the-african-organic-agr.html

2.8 Should the EU Ecolabel Be Extended to the Food Sector?

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.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/should-the-eu-ecolabel-be-extended-to-the-food-sector.html

2.9 On the Death of Philippe Matile: “The Bud Is the Most Notable Mark I’ll Leave”

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 Organic Agriculture, the foundation which supports the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/on-the-death-of-philippe-matile-the-bud-is-the-most-notable-mark-ill-leave.html

2.10 New Video: Main Achievements of the SASA Project in Albania (Sustainable Agricultural Support in Albania)

After 10 years, the Swiss funded SASA project implemented by FiBL has come to an end in December 2011. A video was produced to highlight the main achievements of this important project for Albania.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-videos-main-achievements-of-the-sasa-project-in-albania-sustainable-agricultural-support-in-al.html

2.11 FiBL Opens African Office

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 test the technologies and practices of organic farmers in the West African cotton belt.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-opens-african-office.html

2.12 First Newsletter of ÖMKI – The Organic Agriculture Research Advisory Institute in Hungary

The recently established Organic Agriculture Research and Advisory Institute (Ökológiai Mezőgazdasági Kutatóintézet – ÖMKi) in Hungary has now published its first newsletter with which it informs extensively about its activities.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/oemki-new-organic-agriculture-research-advisory-institute-in-hungary.html

3. New Publications

3.1 New Study Released on Options for Climate-friendly Agriculture

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 available to put farming on a climate-smart course.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-study-released-on-options-for-climate-friendly-agriculture.html

3.2 New Technical Guide: Organic Pig Production in Europe

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

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-technical-guide-organic-pig-production-in-europe.html

4. Events

4.1 Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping in Mexico, 19.03.2012 - 25.03.2012, Location: San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

4.2 Second Symposium of the LowInputBreeds Project, 15.05.2012 - 18.05.2012, Location: Tunis, Tunisia

4.3 ABIM 2012, 22.10.2012 - 23.10.2012, Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

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Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer
(Editor FiBL-Newsletter)
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