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FiBL Newsletter July 2012

Contents

1. News

1.1    FiBL and IFOAM announce Global Organic Research Network    
1.2    Urs Niggli shares his thoughts about Rio+20    
1.3    Organic Market Development in the Ukraine    
1.4    Successful workshop on e-learning tools for universities in South East Europe    
1.5    FiBL expands aquaculture research   
1.6    Gently handling young calves makes tender meat    
1.7    Less concentrate feeding can be done    
1.8    European project OrganicDataNetwork to improve organic market data    
1.9    Organic beekeeping conference: a week for the bees, the environment, and society

 

2    New publications    

2.1    Updating the knowledge base on organic food quality and processing    
2.2    First organic sector study for Albania now published    
2.3    New study on no-till agriculture and its contribution to climate change mitigation and sustainability   

 

3    Events    

3.1    ABIM 2012, 22.10.2012 - 23.10.2012, Location: Lucerne, Switzerland    
3.2    Suscon 2012: "Green Economy – from intention to action", 27.11.2012 - 28.11.2012 Bonn, Germany 

1. News

1.1 FiBL and IFOAM announce Global Organic Research Network

Urs Niggli of FiBL and Markus Arbenz of IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference in June announced the formation of a dynamic network for collaboration on organic food and farming research within the global organic movement.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-and-ifoam-announce-global-organic-research-network.html

1.2 Urs Niggli shares his thoughts about Rio+20

FiBL Director Urs Niggli offers his perspectives on the Rio summit in his blog.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/rio-20-commentary-from-side-event-to-side-event.html

1.3 Organic Market Development in the Ukraine

The Swiss project “Organic Market Development in Ukraine” was launched June 26 in Kyiv to facilitate the integration of Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises into international trade through certified organic product.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/organic-market-development-in-ukraine.html

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

1.5 FiBL expands aquaculture research

FiBL introduces new research and advisory services to expand organic aquaculture in Switzerland needed to satisfy the growing demand for organic fish.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-expands-aquaculture-research.html

1.6 Gently handling young calves makes tender meat

Researchers at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland have shown that gentle touching and other early contact with beef calves will result in greater ease of handling and higher meat quality.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/gently-handling-young-calves-makes-tender-meat.html

1.7 Less concentrate feeding can be done

The “Feed no Food” project shows that concentrate feeds can be reduced further – or even eliminated from the diet altogether – without significant impacts on livestock health or economic performance.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/less-concentrate-feeding-can-be-done.html

1.8 European project OrganicDataNetwork to improve organic market data

The European Union funds a project called OrganicDataNetwork to improve the quality of key data and statistics about the organic market to help farmers, traders, researchers and government officials.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/european-project-organicdatanetwork-to-improve-organic-market-data.html

1.9 Organic beekeeping conference: a week for the bees, the environment, and society

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

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/second-world-conference-on-organic-beekeeping-a-week-for-the-bees-the-environment-and-society.html

Further news

For further news see

> www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

2. New Publications

2.1 Updating the knowledge base on organic food quality and processing

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

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/updating-the-knowledge-base-on-organic-food-quality-and-processing.html

2.2 First organic sector study for Albania now published

Albania’s nascent but dynamic organic sector is the subject of a study compiled by FiBL and local partners that present facts and figures of the sector’s drivers and determinants.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/first-organic-sector-study-for-albania-now-published.html

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

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 solution”—addresses questions related to no-till agriculture, poverty alleviation and sustainability.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-study-on-no-till-agriculture-and-its-contribution-to-climate-change-mitigation-and-sustainabilit.html

3. Events

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

3.2 Suscon 2012: "Green Economy – from intention to action", 27.11.2012 - 28.11.2012 Bonn, Germany

More events

For FiBL events in all languages see

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

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer
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