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FiBL Newsletter July 2015

Contents

1 News

1.1 New FiBL publication "Sustainability and quality of organic food"
1.2 The International Year of Soils at FiBL
1.3 Kick-off meeting of OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping
1.4 FiBL report shows organic protein availability and demand
1.5 Launch of a new project to combat an important cocoa disease in West Africa

2 Events

2.1 International Summer School "Soil-Borne Greenhouse Gases: From Field Data to Publication"
2.2 FiBL Symposium "How to feed a city - visions, technologies, emotions" at the Expo in Milano
2.3 Anti-Fraud Workshop: "Improving Integrity of Organic Production in Ukraine"
2.4 3rd African Organic Conference in Nigeria
2.5 10th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting


3 FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1 News

1.1 New FiBL publication "Sustainability and quality of organic food"

What constitutes the quality of our food? In addition to nutrient content and pesticide residues, the sustainability of food becomes more and more important. Experts from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have explored different aspects of the quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food in a new publication.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/organic-food-combines-sustainability-and-quality.html

1.2 The International Year of Soils at FiBL

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in order to increase awareness and understanding of this important non-renewable resource. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) is also engaged in research and launches new projects on soil and soil fertility, not only in 2015 - at our research institute, every year is the year of soils.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/the-international-year-of-soils-at-fibl.html

1.3 Kick-off meeting of OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping

The OK-Net Arable thematic network funded through Horizon 2020 aims to improve the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe. The project started in March 2015 and will last for 3 years. The kick-off meeting took place at FiBL in Frick, Switzerland.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/ok-net-arable-exchanging-knowledge-to-improve-organic-arable-cropping.html

1.4 FiBL report shows organic protein availability and demand

The aim of the study, carried out as part of the project "Improved Contribution of local feed to support 100 % Organic feed supply to Pigs and Poultry" (ICOPP), was to assess feed availability and demand throughout the countries of the ICOPP project and Europe. The self-sufficiency regarding organic feed for monogastrics was calculated for each of the countries participating in the project.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-report-shows-organic-protein-availability-and-demand.html

1.5 Launch of a new project to combat an important cocoa disease in West Africa

How can transdisciplinary systems research help develop a novel holistic concept for reducing the spread and impact of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in West Africa? This is one of the main questions addressed by a new project launched in the spring of 2015, where the FiBL is involved in the research.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/launch-of-a-new-project-to-combat-an-important-cocoa-disease-in-west-africa.html

2 Events

2.1 International Summer School "Soil-Borne Greenhouse Gases: From Field Data to Publication"

2.2 FiBL Symposium "How to feed a city - visions, technologies, emotions" at the Expo in Milano

2.3 Anti-Fraud Workshop: "Improving Integrity of Organic Production in Ukraine"

2.4 3rd African Organic Conference in Nigeria

2.5 10th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting

19.10.2015 - 21.10.2015

Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch

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

3. 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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