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FiBL Newsletter July 2014

Contents

1. News

1.1 New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food
1.2 New video: A spotlight on the young researchers in the TILMAN-ORG project
1.3 TIPI workshop "Practitioners’ research agenda" at the Organic World Congress
1.4 OrganicDataNetwork presents results
1.5 Farming in times of climate change - a FiBL project in search of sustainable systems


2. New publications

2.1 Is organic farming the prototype for sustainable agriculture? New book with contributions from FiBL authors recently published
2.2 Promotion of earthworms for soil fertility - new technical guide available


3. Events

3.1 Workshop "Understanding organic farming worldwide - Join the agri benchmark network"
3.2 TIPI Workshop at the IFOAM Organic World Congress
3.3 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting
3.4 FiBL events in further languages


4. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1. News

1.1 New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive14/media-release14/article/new-study-finds-significant-differences-between-organic-and-non-organic-food.html

1.2 New video: A spotlight on the young researchers in the TILMAN-ORG project

Within the TILMAN-ORG project on reduced tillage systems, four PhD theses and several master theses are being carried out. Building a European network, visiting partner institutions, and understanding more how European projects are working, are some of the positive experiences mentioned by young researchers in this video produced by Thomas Alföldi.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-video-a-spotlight-on-the-young-researchers-in-the-tilman-project-june-2014.html

1.3 TIPI workshop "Practitioners’ research agenda" at the Organic World Congress

As a pre-conference of the Organic World Congress 2014 (www.owc2014.org ), TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), is organising a workshop on the 12th of October. During this event, TIPI’s research vision and agenda will be discussed and advanced by representatives of the organic sector.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/tipi-workshop-practitioners-research-agenda-at-the-organic-world-congress.html

1.4 OrganicDataNetwork presents results

Twenty-four representatives from 15 project members were present in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, during the recent project meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project in mid-May. The Code of Good Practice for the collection of Organic Market Data (OrMaCode) was the focus of the 2-day working session of the OrganicDataNetwork project that is funded by the European Union. The OrMaCode will be one of the main outcomes of the EU-funded project, together with a manual for data collection. FiBL is a partner in the project.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organicdatanetwork-presents-results.html

1.5 Farming in times of climate change – a FiBL project in search of sustainable systems

The combined effects of climate change, advancing resource scarcity and population growth are placing huge pressure on global food production. In a recently launched project, FiBL’s scientists are devising ways to make land uses water-efficient and nutrient-efficient, thus enhancing productivity and food security in arid zones.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive14/media-release14/article/farming-in-times-of-climate-change-a-fibl-project-in-search-of-sustainable-systems.html

Further news

For further news see

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

2. New publications

2.1 Is organic farming the prototype for sustainable agriculture? New book with contributions from FiBL authors recently published

Rather than questioning whether organic farming performs better or not than conventional farming, the question addressed in a new book is whether, and under what conditions, organic food and farming can contribute to sustainable agriculture. The book was edited by the staff of the French Institute of Agronomic Research INRA and includes contributions from FiBL researchers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/is-organic-farming-the-prototype-for-sustainable-agricultures-a-new-book-with-answers-with-contribu.html

2.2 Promotion of earthworms for soil fertility - new technical guide available

Earthworms play a key role in conserving soil fertility and are excellent indicators in agricultural soils. A new technical guide gives an overview of the multiple services of earthworms to farmers and provides recommendations for the promotion of these extraordinary creatures in agricultural soils, called also ecological engineers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/promotion-of-earthworms-for-soil-fertility-new-technical-guide-available.html

3. Events

3.1 Workshop "Understanding organic farming worldwide - Join the agri benchmark network"

3.2 TIPI Workshop at the IFOAM Organic World Congress

12.10.2014

Yeditepe University Istanbul, Turkey

> www.organic-research.net/2641.html

3.3 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting

20.10.2014 – 22.10.2014

Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch

3.4 FiBL events in further languages

FiBL events in further languages can be viewed at

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

4. 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 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 Theresa Rebholz
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