News highlighting FiBL’s research, training and advisory services

FiBL Newsletter November 2012

Contents

1. News

1.1    Organic farming enhances soil carbon    
1.2    Otto Stich: political realist and committed visionary    
1.3    Why do we need a new Organic Research Network?    
1.4    Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate    
1.5    DOK trial: Sensory, yield and quality differences by production system   
1.6    Thailand: Organic farming surges ahead thanks to partnership with FiBL    
1.7    Turkish exporters exchange with European importers on organic product quality assurance    
1.8    FiBL contributes to success of Second International Organic Animal Husbandry Conference    
1.9    OrganicDataNetwork: Second project meeting 

 

2.    New publications    

2.1    New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods    
2.2    Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study    
2.3    FiBL Shop has a new look 

 

3.    Events    

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

1. News

1.1 Organic farming enhances soil carbon

“Organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter”, says a group of international experts headed by scientists from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) they analysed data from 74 field comparison studies that measured the soil organic carbon (humus) levels in different soils under organic and conventional farming systems throughout the world. Of those, about 20 delivered results that enabled comparisons of carbon sequestration rates among farming systems.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/organic-farming-enhances-soil-carbon.html

1.2 Otto Stich: political realist and committed visionary

On 13 September 2012, Otto Stich passed away. He was a member of the Swiss Federal Council for 12 years, following which – from 1997 to 2007 – he was President of the Foundation Council of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). He also supported the founding of organic inspection body bio.inspecta, acting as vice-president of the body’s administrative council for the first four years. His relationship with FiBL remained close to the end and he followed the work of the organization with keen interest.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/otto-stich-political-realist-and-committed-visionary.html

1.3 Why do we need a new Organic Research Network?

In June 2012, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), announced the IFOAM Global Organic Research Network.

FiBL’s Director, Urs Niggli, raises the question why a new international organic research network is needed now. Urs Niggli makes a call to action as organic agriculture programs around the world see a growing need to increase real-time collaboration. People are welcome to join a lively topical debate on this and other timely subjects in the new forum hosted by the IFOAM Research Network.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/why-do-we-need-a-new-organic-research-network-1.html

1.4 Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate

Apple thinning has been a major problem for farmers seeking to transition from conventional to organic production. Now, scientists at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have found a way to thin trees in an environmentally friendly way: potassium bicarbonate. When applied to trees at a key times in the growing season, organic farmers can efficiently regulate crop load better than hand thinning and the other alternatives currently used in organic production.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/apple-thinning-with-potassium-bicarbonate.html

1.5 DOK trial: Sensory, yield and quality differences by production system

Scientists at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland found sensory differences in double-blind taste tests between wheat grown biodynamically and non-organically.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/swiss-dok-trial-sensory-yield-and-quality-differences-by-production-system.html

1.6 Thailand: Organic farming surges ahead thanks to partnership with FiBL

After the political turmoil, the development of organic agriculture in Thailand is now gaining momentum: the issue is once again on the agenda of national promotion policy. Thailand’s National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) has been a FiBL partner for four years; now members of the Bureau, together with representatives of the company Poothon Agriculture Industrial, have visited Switzerland. The purpose of the trip was to improve the access of Thai organic farmers to biological plant protectants and fertilizers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/thailand-organic-farming-surges-ahead-thanks-to-partnership-with-fibl.html

1.7 Turkish exporters exchange with European importers on organic product quality assurance

German, Swedish and Turkish importing and exporting companies participated in a workshop of quality assurance in regards to sultanas and figs, held on 28th and 29th of August in Izmir / Turkey, hosted by the Aegean Exporters Union (EIB).

The workshop aimed at facilitating the communication and understanding among German/Central European importers and Turkish exporters.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/turkish-exporters-exchange-with-european-importers-on-organic-product-quality-assurance.html

1.8 FiBL contributes to success of Second International Organic Animal Husbandry Conference

FiBL’s researchers on animal husbandry, veterinary medicine and related fields presented their research and findings at the Organic Animal Husbandry Conference held in Hamburg, Germany 12-14 September. In addition, the FiBL team took part in the development of research priorities to address the growing challenges to feed the world.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-contributes-to-success-of-second-international-organic-animal-husbandry-conference.html

1.9 OrganicDataNetwork: Second project meeting

Twenty-eight participants attended the second meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project on October 4 and 5, 2012 at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture at FiBL in Frick.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organicdatanetwork-second-project-meeting.html

Further news

For further news see

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

2. New Publications

2.1 New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods

This book provides a timely analysis and assessment of the potential of organic agriculture for rural development and the improvement of livelihoods. It focuses on smallholders in developing countries and in countries of economic transition, but there is also coverage of and comparisons with developed countries. It demonstrates the often unrecognised roles that organic farming can play in climate change, food security and sovereignty, carbon sequestration, cost internalisations, ecosystems services, human health and the restoration of degraded landscapes.

Subscribers to the FiBL newsletter receive a 20% discount off the recommended retail price, plus postage. When ordering the book, please enter the code OAMD1

> www.routledge.com/books/details/9781849712965

2.2 Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study

This first organic sector study for Saudi Arabia offers an overview of a young but steadily growing sector. It provides a comprehensive insight by describing the historical development, the actors involved, the production and marketing, the legal and institutional framework. It is therefore a valuable resource for stakeholders and interested trading companies.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organic-agriculture-in-saudi-arabia.html

2.3 FiBL Shop has a new look

The new FiBL Shop has now gone online. The FiBL Shop offers FiBL’s publications for order or download. The aim of the relaunch was to offer a clearer structure, make it easier to find articles, and integrate the shop website into the existing www.fibl.org website.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-shop-has-a-new-look.html

3. Events

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

The conference will focus on topics like: Designing economic models the Green Economy needs, Focusing on sustainable value chains (such as water, food, textiles, paper and wood), Discussing how companies and financial institutions can act as agents for change, Broadening our understanding of natural resource efficiency, the role of technical innovations and lifestyles.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/event/article/keep-this-date-free-suscon-november-27-28-2012.html

More events

For FiBL events in all languages see

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

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer
---------------------------------------------------------------
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Ackerstrasse 113 / Postfach 219
CH-5070 Frick
Phone +41 62 865-7272
Fax +41 62 865-7273
E-mail: newsletter@fibl.org
Internet: www.fibl.org


If you have not registered for this newsletter at our website www.fibl.org or you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe here: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/newsletter-en.html