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FiBL Newsletter March 2016

On 26 June 2016, FiBL will host an open day in Frick

The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL Switzerland, to discuss and consult with FiBL researchers, to gain insight into many projects and to enjoy good food from our organic kitchen. Guided tours will be offered to give an overview of the institute.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/event/article/tag-der-offenen-tuer-am-fibl-im-juni.html

Contents

1 Research

1.1 Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat
1.2 Global animal production becoming more sustainable by using less concentrate feed
1.3 FiBL researchers publish article on Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agro-Ecosystems
1.4 Combining organic research and practice
1.5 CGIAR features FiBL cotton research in state of the art publication on innovation platforms

2 Other News

2.1 Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide
2.2 European organic market continued to grow in 2014
2.3 New report tracks the growth of sustainable markets
2.4 Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector
2.5 Series of posts on organic agriculture on Facebook
2.6 Cooperation for Dutch list of inputs
2.7 Ukraine at BIOFACH 2016: A successful exhibition

3 Publications

3.1 New fact sheets assessing alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming
3.2 Dossier on plant breeding techniques re-edited
3.3 Video: Opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

4 Events

4.1 European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
4.2 FiBL Open Day

5 FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1 Research

1.1 Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

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 produced products. FiBL participated in the research.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive16/media-release15/article/klare-unterschiede-in-der-qualitaet-von-milch-und-fleisch-zwischen-biologischer-und-konventioneller-p.html

1.2 Global animal production becoming more sustainable by using less concentrate feed

Reducing the proportion of animal feed grown on cropland would have a positive effect on the availability of food and important environmental indicators such as GHG emissions and nitrogen surplus. Less competition between production of food and animal feed proves to be an effective approach to sustainably providing food for the estimated 10 billion people in 2050.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/neue-studie-belegt-nachhaltige-globale-tierproduktion-durch-weniger-kraftfutter.html

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

In a new publication, FiBL researchers highlight the major knowledge gaps in agricultural research and policy that must be addressed to develop adequate governance and regulatory frameworks for sustainable agricultural intensification in the tropics.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-researchers-publish-perspective-on-sustainable-intensification-of-tropical-agro-ecosystems.html

1.4 Combining organic research and practice

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 organic research and practice are part of the NBFF, which is supported by FiBL, Bio Suisse and Agroscope. The forum’s first meeting in Frick was dedicated to the dialogue between research and practice in organic agriculture.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/erstes-treffen-des-nationalen-bioforschungsforums-am-fibl-bio-forschung-und-praxis-ruecken-zusammen.html

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

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has long recognized the potential of innovation platforms in this respect, and thus evaluated the mature innovation platforms landscape with a case study competition. The result is a new book featuring examples of successful innovation platforms including the research activities of FiBL on cotton in India.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/cgiar-stellt-fibl-baumwollforschung-in-neuster-publikation-ueber-innovationsplattformen-vor.html

2 Other News

2.1 Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, which is reflected in the significant market growth of 11% in the US, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 172 countries report organic farming activities (up from 170) as shown in the 2016 edition of the study "The World of Organic Agriculture" (data per end of 2014), published by FiBL and IFOAM - Organics International.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive16/media-release15/article/bio-waechst-weiter-weltweit-437-millionen-hektar-bioflaeche.html

2.2 European organic market continued to grow in 2014

In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26 billion euros. The country with the highest per capita organic consumption in 2014 was Switzerland; at 221 euros in 2014, followed by Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Germany.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive16/media-release15/article/biomarkt-in-europa-2014-um-fast-8-prozent-gewachsen.html

2.3 New report tracks the growth of sustainable markets

The report "The State of Sustainable Markets: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2015" shows the growth of voluntary sustainability standards and was produced by FiBL and partners. It outlines the share of bananas, cocoa, coffee, etc. in 14 major standards.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-report-tracks-the-rapid-growth-of-sustainable-markets.html

2.4 Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

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, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, FiBL and the Sustainable Food Systems GmbH SFS have formed a strategic partnership.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive16/media-release15/article/strategische-partnerschaft-fuer-massgeschneiderte-nachhaltigkeitsbewertungen-im-lebensmittelsektor.html

2.5 Series of posts on organic agriculture on Facebook

FiBL started a new series on Facebook to post reasons in favour of organic agriculture. If you do not want to wait until the following week for our new post, we recommend you have a look at our publication "100 reasons for organic agriculture" (available in German and French) in the FiBL Shop.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/neue-serie-zum-biolandbau-auf-facebook.html

2.6 Cooperation for Dutch list of inputs

FiBL and Skal sign cooperation agreement for assessment of inputs for Dutch organic farming at BIOFACH 2016.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive16/media-release15/article/zusammenarbeit-fuer-betriebsmittelliste-der-niederlande.html

2.7 Ukraine at BIOFACH 2016: A successful exhibition

Eleven Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2016. The companies offered a wide range of organic products as well as certification services. Beside the exhibiting companies, the Ukrainian pavilion was supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", which was implemented by FiBL.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/ukraine-at-biofach-2016-a-successful-exhibition.html

3 Publications

3.1 New fact sheets assessing alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

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 wastes in organic farming. The fact sheets provide a comprehensive overview of the current information on these relevant nutrient sources.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-fact-sheets-assessing-the-use-of-meat-and-bone-meal-and-urban-organic-wastes-as-alternative-phos.html

3.2 Dossier on plant breeding techniques re-edited

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). FiBL and ECO-PB hope this English version will facilitate the understanding about old and new breeding techniques and highlight the need for organic plant breeding.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/dossier-on-plant-breeding-techniques-re-edited.html

3.3 Video: Opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

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 products. Currently, more than 70,000 farmers are cultivating 840,000 hectares organically.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/video-opportunities-and-challenges-when-trading-with-turkey.html

4 Events

4.1 European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

17.04.2016 - 22.04.2016

Vienna, Austria

> www.egu2016.eu

FiBL events in further languages

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> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events.html

5 FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

You have a number of possibilities to keep yourself updated about FiBL. Here are the relevant links:

> FiBL news: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

> FiBL newsletter: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/newsletter-en.html

> FiBL news via RSS: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/rss-en.html

> FiBL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fiblorg

> FiBL on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiBLnews

> FiBL on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/FiBLFilm/videos

> New FiBL publications in the OrganicEprints archive: www.fibl.org/en/fibl/themes/publications.html and FiBL homepage: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html, below the news.

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer and Andreas Basler
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