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FiBL Newsletter June 2016

FiBL Switzerland Open Day

On 26 June 2016, we will welcome you to FiBL's open day in Frick! The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL researchers, to gain insight into various projects and to enjoy delicous food from our organic kitchen. Find more information and a programme (in German) on our website.

Guided tours are offered in German, English, French and Spanish. If you want to join a guided tour in a language other than German, please let us know in advance and contact Anne Merz.

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

Contents

FiBL Switzerland Open Day

1. Research

1.1. Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH
1.2. First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016
1.3. Improving the phosphorus supply in organic farming: IMPROVE-P
1.4. Call for Papers for the 19th Organic World Congress
1.5. SFIAR is calling for applications for this year’s award
1.6. Meeting of INRA, ITAB and FiBL
1.7. FiBL study on locally produced food in Freiburg
1.8 First peer-reviewed scientific paper on the Sustainability Assessment Tool SMART published

2.    Other News

2.1. Milestones in the history of FiBL
2.2. The 8th ISEAL Conference "Growing Impacts: Innovation and Evolution"

3.    Publications

3.1. Organic in Europe. Prospects and Developments 2016
3.2. New guide on Organic Action Plans
3.3. Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows
3.4. Revised fact sheet on the importance of wild bees
3.5. New technical guide to prevent contamination of organic crops by tropane alkaloids

4. Events

4.1. FiBL Open Day

5.    FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1 Research

1.1. Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

The fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH 2016, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming, organized by FiBL and the European Union Group of IFOAM - Organics International.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/bericht-vom-science-day-an-der-biofach-2016.html

1.2. First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 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 China was held successfully on May 27th in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with the organic trade fair BIOFACH China 2016. Science Day is a successful product of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/first-organic-science-day-technology-innovation-forum-held-successfully-at-biofach-china-2016.html

1.3. Improving the phosphorus supply in organic farming: IMPROVE-P

How can the management of phosphorus (P) in organic farming be improved? Phosphorus is essential for every living organism as part of its DNA and other molecules. Thus, it is also a vital ingredient of fertilizers. Nowadays, mined rock phosphate is often used besides farm manure. However, the finite rock phosphate would preferably be replaced by P fertilizers made from recycled waste material. FiBL, as a project partner of IMPROVE-P in the framework of the EU research programme CORE Organic II, is carrying out research to find possible solutions.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/die-phosphorversorgung-im-biolandbau-verbessern-improve-p.html

1.4. Call for Papers for the 19th Organic World Congress

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. Papers for the Scientific Track must link to scientific disciplines such as soil, plant, animal, or economics. The deadline for submitting papers is 30 September 2016.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/call-for-papers-for-the-19th-organic-world-congress.html

1.5. SFIAR is calling for applications for this year’s award

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development. The call for applications is out now, with the deadline on 14 July 2016. The SFIAR Award may help winners enter into development work, or receive project funding.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/sfiar-is-calling-for-applications-for-this-years-award.html

1.6. Meeting of INRA, ITAB and FiBL

The National Institute for Agronomic Research INRA (France), the Technical Institute for Organic Agriculture ITAB (France) and FiBL met on 21 and 22 April in Frick to discuss joint actions on organic agriculture in France and in the french-speaking part of Switzerland.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/treffen-von-inra-itab-und-fibl-in-frick.html

1.7. FiBL study on locally produced food in Freiburg

FiBL conducted a study on the consumption of locally produced food in Freiburg, Germany, based on data collected from 121 producers, traders and major consumers. According to Gerda Stuchlik, the Mayor for Environment, Freiburg was the first city to conduct a study of this kind.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-studie-zum-konsum-regional-produzierter-lebensmittel-in-freiburg.html

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

FiBL published the first peer-reviewed paper on the SMART (Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine) approach in the journal "Sustainability". The paper analyses trade-offs and synergies between sustainability themes and dimensions using SMART. Additionally, it provides a detailed description of the SMART farm tool and a full list of the indicators.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/first-peer-reviewed-scientific-paper-on-the-sustainability-assessment-tool-smart-published.html

2 Other News

2.1. Milestones in the history of FiBL

FiBL was founded in Switzerland over 40 years ago. Over time, new FiBLs were established in Germany and Austria. Since its foundation, FiBL has ventured into new research areas, taken on diverse advisory and teaching activities and published important books, factsheets and dossiers. The most important milestones of FiBL are available on the FiBL homepage.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/meilensteine-in-der-geschichte-des-fibl.html

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

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 annual International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) conference. FiBL, which has been working a global data collection on the current state Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) since 2014, attended the conference.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-8th-iseal-conference-growing-impacts-innovation-and-evolution.html

3 Publications

3.1. Organic in Europe. Prospects and Developments 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 is needed, according to the new publication "Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016".

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organic-in-europe-prospects-and-developments-2016.html

3.2. New guide on Organic Action Plans

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 policy-making in different European countries and at EU level.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/ifoam-eu-publishes-new-guide-on-organic-action-plans.html

3.3. Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows

The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. In the video, Anna Wallenbeck from Sweden, Ute Knierim from Germany and Jan Tind Sørensen from Denmark explain how they combine breeding and management measures to achieve this goal. They focus on measures feasible for breeding and management, and combine improved farm management with long-term genetic improvements.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/video-improving-health-and-welfare-of-organic-dairy-cows.html

3.4. Revised fact sheet on the importance of wild bees

In order to maintain the wild bee populations in agricultural areas, special promotion and protection measures are necessary. Over the next years, FiBL and partners will examine how to support wild bees on farms in a sustainable way. The fact sheet "Wild bees and pollination" with current scientific knowledge was updated as part of the project. It documents the crucial role that wild bees play in the pollination of wild plants and crop plants and lists potential support and protection measures.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/faktenblatt-zur-bedeutung-der-wildbienen-ueberarbeitet.html

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

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 corn, millet, buckwheat and sunflowers. Tropane alkaloids are toxic to warm-blooded animals. Small amounts of these substances can lead to contamination of an entire crop, making it no longer marketable. The new guide picks up the problem that still is largely unrecognized in practice and provides recommendations for control of the weeds.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/neues-merkblatt-tropanalkaloide-in-bioackerkulturen-verhindern.html

4 Events

4.1. FiBL Open Day

FiBL events in further languages

FiBL events in further languages can be viewed at

> 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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