Policy recommendations to reduce inputs like copper, antibiotics and introduce new nutrient sources
The RELACS project developed and researched alternatives to contentious inputs in organic crop production, think about copper and mineral oils, nutrient inputs, and in livestock production, for example anthelmintics, antibiotics and vitamins.
Organic farming has always been an incubator of innovation. Of course, organic farmers cannot change the farming system by themselves. The rules and regulations in which they operate should allow them to realise this.
So, the RELACS project developed roadmaps for policymakers and the sector with measures that could realise implementation of these alternatives in practice. Read the fact sheets:
Reduction of copper and mineral oils
- Phasing-in new nutrient sources
- Reduction of antibiotics, anthelmintics and vitamins in livestock production
Of course, in the RELACS project, we produced many other documents to help reducing inputs in organic farming. These are targeted at practitioners, scientists, EU policymakers and the interested public:
- 3 roadmaps for European policymakers
- 29 scientific publications for scientists
- 20 practical guidelines for farmers and practitioners
- 20 deliverables and reports
- 8 news stories
- And several videos summarising RELACS’ results
Visit the RELACS website to learn more and read up on the project’s deliverables.
RELACS promoted the development and adoption of environmentally safe and economically viable tools and technologies to reduce the use of external inputs in organic farming systems. IFOAM Organics Europe was responsible for the communication and dissemination of project results as well as the coordination of the science-practice-policy dialogue. RELACS was an EU Horizon 2020-funded project.
RELACS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773431. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.