Organic Innovation Days 2021
Better inputs for organic farming
This year’s Organic Innovation Days, TP Organics’ annual event, will take place online on 30 November-1 December. Titled ‘Better inputs for organic farming’, the Organic Innovation Days are a unique opportunity to meet members of TP Organics, network with EU stakeholders and decision-makers, as well as discuss and exchange with the partners of the European research projects RELACS and Organic-PLUS. These two Horizon 2020-funded projects aim at reducing the use of contentious inputs in organic farming systems.
Day 1: Alternatives to contentious inputs in organic farming
On the first day, participants will be taking a closer look at plant protection products such as copper and mineral oil as well as soil and nutrients, peat and plastic, antibiotics, vitamins, and novel bedding materials in livestock husbandry. The projects’ experts will present each topic and a discussion will follow.
Day 2: Socio-economic aspects, the way forward & policy debate
On the second day, Organic-PLUS and RELACS experts will present the socio-economic results of the projects in three sessions:
- Consumer perspectives and citizen juries;
- Socio-economic and environmental impacts of alternative tools and technologies;
- Acceptance level of different alternative inputs, towards a European roadmap for replacing contentious inputs.
These exchanges will be followed by a high-level policy debate on how to tackle contentious inputs in organic farming. The European Commission’s Directorate General on Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) will introduce the topic by discussing the contribution of the Organic Action Plan to this goal. The RELACS and Organic-PLUS project coordinators will conclude the event and point out next steps.