How much and which natural inputs does the organic sector need? – A lively debate during BIOFACH 2020

A lively discussion on natural inputs suitable for organic farming as well as future obstacles and opportunities for the sector’s development took place during the BIOFACH congress 2020 . Also, participants discussed the first results of the European research project RELACS, such as a highly innovative vibrational tool to disturb the mating behavior of pest insects or the future of fertilisation in organic farming.

Together with the national partners, IFOAM EU will organize a series of science-practice-policy dialogues in 10 different countries. The first one will take place at the Organic World Congress in Rennes (France) in September 2020. A broad dialogue with the whole organic movement will be initiated to discuss future strategies concerning inputs for plant protection, fertilization, animal health and feed additives. Among others, we will discuss

  • how to reduce or phase out contentious inputs in organic farming;
  • how to promote the uptake of alternative tools and technologies;
  • how to make sure that all relevant stakeholders are involved in the discussion and
  • which regulatory changes would benefit the uptake of natural inputs.

If you are interested in the process, please contact Isabella Lang.

© Natsuko Lempke

RELACS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773431. The information contained in this communication only reflects the author’s view.

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