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ICROFS news 2/2011  Newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 2/2011 Newsletter from ICROFS

T he Mental Models project is an international project within OSU’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program (OFFER) (described in the last issue of ICROFS News ) funded in 2010 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative grants program. The project is led by Doug Doohan, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at OSU’s Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH. It involves additional co-principle inve- stigators from OSU, Purdue University in Indiana, Uni- versity of Maine, California and Marlene Reimens from Wageningen University & Research Center in the Netherlands.

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ICROFS news 1/2013   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 1/2013 newsletter from ICROFS

While the agricultural research sector in Denmark is small compared to the one in China, research in organic agriculture specifi- cally but also in agricultural systems with low environ- mental impact in general, has been a priority for se- veral decades. National or- ganic research programmes have been conducted since 1996 and a national research strategy was formulated in 2012. Danish resear- chers have participated in European organic research programmes coordinated by ICROFS since 2008 as well as in the formulation of a European strategic research agenda and implementation plan.

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ICROFS news 2/2014   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 2/2014 newsletter from ICROFS

By Lise Andreasen, ICROFS ICROFS has joined forces with USDA and ASA-OMS to orga- nize a conference on Innovati- ons in Organic Food Systems for Sustainable Production and Enhanced Ecosystem Services. The conference is supported by the Co-operative Research Pro- gramme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD). It will bring leaders in research on organic food sy- stems from 12 OECD countries around the world together to present and assess the current state of knowledge about in- novations that enhance both sustainable food production and ecosystem services.

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ICROFS news 2/2012  Newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 2/2012 Newsletter from ICROFS

and potentials of organic value chains, for example, for organic vegetables. It was a truly international group of people that met at the stakeholder workshop. In addition to the stake- holders from Tanzania, the project had invited ICROFS Executive Board mem- ber to the workshop and several had accepted this opportunity to learn more about ProGrOV. Thus, the workshop had guests from several continents: Roberto Ugas, Professor at Univer- sidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru, and represen- ting IFOAM’s World Board, Professor Louise Jackson from University of Cali- fornia, Davis; Dr. Bernard Hubert, Research Director at INRA, France, and Presi- dent of Agropolis Interna- tional, France; Dr. Henrik Wegener, Provost from the Technical University of Denmark; Aage Dissing representing Organic Den- mark; and from Tanzania Dr. Mwatima Juma, Chair- man of Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) and IFAD Country Officer in Tanzania.

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ICROFS news 4/2013   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 4/2013 newsletter from ICROFS

The board of GUDP has decided which projects will be funded in the first round of Organic RDD 2. 67 million DKK will be awarded to seven pro- jects. A total of 120 million DKK was set aside for research and develop- ment in organic agriculture 2013-2015. The projects will be coordinated by ICROFS and all have focus on practical use for farmers and enterprises. ”The new funding gives a boost so that the positive development, that research in organic agriculture has had since 1996, can be continued. Denmark is a leader in organic agriculture internationally, and this will strengthen our position” states the new chairman of ICROFS’ board, Mette Wier.

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ICROFS news 3/2013   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 3/2013 newsletter from ICROFS

Organic Eprints – new: Screenshot manual, Agrovoc keywords, Spanish features By Ilse A. Ramsussen, ICROFS Organic Eprints now contains close to 14000 publications. Most of them are from Europe, but the- re are registered users from the whole world – 25000 of them! This means, that when you search pub- lications about organic farming and food systems, you get a lot of relevant hits. And when you use Organic Eprints for depositing your own publications, they are seen by a lot of people. Actually, many users find papers in Orga- nic Eprints through Google – try searching for papers on research in organic agriculture within your own field on Google, and see, how many hits are actually in Organic Eprints.

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ICROFS news 1/2014   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 1/2014 newsletter from ICROFS

When thinking about animations, an intuitive reaction could be to dismiss them as mere children’s pastime, but that is by no means the whole picture. Animated films featuring highly specialized knowledge from, say, the domains of science, technology and engineering are to be found all over the current media landscape. There is a ten- dency that they are predominantly used in one specific communicative constellation, i.e., when domain-specific knowledge is communicated from an expert or authority to a lay person. That, too, is the case when it comes to the animated film “MultiTrust”. This animation stems from the research project “MultiTrust”, which was conducted under the auspices of ICROFS. The color animation film was produced in 2013 by the award- wining Danish production company and animation studio Tumblehead Aps.

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ICROFS news 3 4/2014   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 3 4/2014 newsletter from ICROFS

“Organic cultivation often increases the carbon sequestration in the soil, and the CO₂ emission per ha is gener- ally lower - but so are the yields. At the same time, there might be greater risks of nitrous oxide emissions from organic crop rotations due to use of catch crops and green manure,” he continues. Sometimes organic products perform better than conventional - sometimes not. But in conclusion, it is not true that organic farming has a stronger negative climate impact. Organic farming methods are not perfect – but neither are the conventional meth- ods,” the ICROFS-director underlines. Agro-ecology in the Global South It is well documented and recog- nized – also by the UN - that existing conventional farming methods often destroy farmland and soil fertility and reduces biodiversity to an unaccept- able degree. This is a serious threat to future global food security. Pesti- cides affect the biodiversity and can potentially contaminate the aquatic environment and groundwater re- sources and in addition, the negative effects of pesticides on human health are probably also underestimated, according to Niels Halberg.

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ICROFS news 1/2008   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 1/2008 newsletter from ICROFS

From this starting point, ICROFS has prepared a comprehensive survey of the Danish organic sector and its future prospects, and an assessment of what barriers are the most important to overcome in order to secure the future of organics. Scenario meetings In the course of this know- ledge synthesis, two public meetings have been held with a wide range of par- ticipants from the whole sector, including farmers, vegetable and fruit growers, processors, financers, trade organisations and research-

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ICROFS news 4/2009   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 4/2009 newsletter from ICROFS

The results in the Fi- gure support the finding by Dexter et al. (2008) that soils below the ‘saturation’ line (clay/OC>10; NCC>0) have a critically low OM content. Results from the CROPSYS project at Flakkebjerg The ongoing CROPSYS pro- ject under ICROFS compares different arable crop rotati- ons at three locations. The experiment was initiated in 1997, and the crop rotati- ons differ in proportion of grass-clover in the rotation, use of catch crops and use of manure and fertilisers.

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ICROFS news 4/2010   newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 4/2010 newsletter from ICROFS

varieties particularly suited to organic farming practices, very similar to the work now being carried out in Maine and Vermont. Focus on this area is picking up in Denmark: In the beginning of November, a workshop on future development of cereal varieties for organic farming including user- driven breeding was held in Denmark, arranged by Organic Denmark. Briefed on Danish re- search results In addition, the group visited ICROFS where they were briefed on results from projects such as CROPSYS, an organic crop rotation experiment which has been

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ICROFS news 1/2011  Newsletter from ICROFS

ICROFS news 1/2011 Newsletter from ICROFS

More recently, in Novem- ber 2010, with funding from a USDA planning grant “Environmental Sustaina- bility of Organic Farming Systems: On-Farm, Experi- mental, and Watershed As- sessments” (Martin Shipita- lo, ARS North Appalachian Experimental Watershed, lead PI), Deborah Stinner facilitated taking a group of project participants who had never seen European organic research on a sti- mulating and inspiring trip to Europe. The group was hosted by FiBL director, Urs Niggli in Frick, Switzerland; Gerald Rahmann, Director of the Institute of Organic Farming, in Trenthorst, Ger- many and Visa Nuutinen at Agrifood Research Finland (MTT) in Jokioinen. In addi- tion, the group spent a half day with ICROFS’s Thomas Harttung who invited the group to the ICROFS semi- nar on “Biodiversity and

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ICROFS nyt 4/2014   nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 4/2014 nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

AgriEcol, det spanske forsknings- netværk for økologisk landbrug og fødevarer, har afholdt en konference om muligheder og udfordringer i at forbedre forskning, udvikling og inno- vation i økologisk landbrug og føde- varer i Spanien for at møde sektorens udfordringer. Hertil havde de indbudt Ilse A. Rasmussen fra ICROFS, som fortalte om, hvordan ICROFS (den- gang FØJO) oprindelig blev dannet, om begrebet ”center uden mure”, om brugen af vidensynteser og om vigtigheden af en tæt kontakt til aktørerne i hele værdikæden. Andrés Montero Aparicio fra INIA fortalte om Horizon 2020 og EIP-AGRI og Cristina Micheloni fra AIAB fortalte om sit arbejde som formand for EIP-AGRI´s fokusgruppee om at udbyttet i økolo- gisk planteavl. Præsentationerne fra mødet kan findes i Organic Eprints.

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ICROFS nyt 4/2013  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 4/2013 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

Endvidere præsenterede ICROFS’ internationale medarbejder, Esther Waweru ministeren for projektet ProGrOV, der fokuserer på at for- bedre produktivitet og væksten i eksisterende økologiske værdikæder i Uganda, Kenya og Tanzania. Dette lagde op til en generel diskussion af potentialet i agroøkologiske metoder for forbedring af vilkår for småbøn- der i udviklingslandene samt vig- tigheden af at få opskaleret de gode eksempler fra forskningsprojekterne til en større målestok. Endelig blev ministeren præsenteret for et forsk- ningsprojekt, ved AU-medarbejder

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ICROFS nyt 1/2013  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 1/2013 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

GUDP’s bestyrelse har godkendt de generelle principper for et nyt forsknings- og udviklingsprogram, som ICROFS’ programkomite har udarbejdet. Programmet kom- mer til at hedde: Organic RDD 2: Vækst, troværdighed og robuste systemer. Dette vil danne bag- grund for indkaldelse af ansøgnin- ger til de kommende års projekter. Forsknings- og udviklingspro- jekterne skal falde inden for de fokusområder, der er beskrevet i ICROFS’ nye forsknings- og udvik- lingsstrategi. ICROFS opfordrer til, at alle interesserede, herunder virksomheder og andre brugere af forsknings- og udviklingsresul- tater, nu tager initiativ til at finde mulige samarbejdspartnere og påbegynde overvejelser om projek- ter med udgangspunkt i strategien. Selve opslaget bliver offentliggjort i februar 2013.

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ICROFS nyt 2/2013  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 2/2013 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

Som en del af det ICROFS- koordi- nerede Organic RDD projekt High Crop holdes der temadag den 21. maj i det økologiske sædskiftefor- søg på Foulum. Forsøget har kørt siden 1997 og er i dag den eneste af sin art i Danmark. Hør om hvor- for langvarige sædskifteforsøg er vigtige for udviklingen af den øko- logiske planteavl, og se hvordan sædskifter med og uden kvælstof- fikserende grøngødningsafgrøder og tilførsel af husdyr-gødning påvirker udbyttet.

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ICROFS nyt 3/2013  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 3/2013 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

Det ICROFS-koordinerede Orga- nic RDD projekt BIOCONVAL, der fokuserer på at udvikle integreret larveproduktion til foder i økologisk ægproduktion, blev for nyligt præ- senteret på et EU-seminar i Bruxelles. Formålet med seminaret, der blev holdt ved EU kommissionen, var at få en dialog med beslutningsta- gere indenfor EU lovgivningen om insekter som dyrefoder med henblik på at øge muligheder for anvendelse af insekter og biprodukter af insekter (som f.eks. protein og fedt). Generelt var der en positiv og imødekommen- de holdning fra alle sider, også for at kigge på lovgivningen.

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ICROFS nyt 1/2012  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 1/2012 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

Nye medarbejdere ved ICROFS Paul Rye Kledal er fra juni 2012 og året ud ansat ved ICROFS’ sekretatriat. Hans skal bl.a. bidrage med udarbej- delse af en analyse af effekterne og resultaterne for landbrug og samfund af den økologiske forskning siden midt 90’erne. Paul Rye Kledal har i de sidste 12 år været ansat som forsker og As- sistant Professor ved Fødevareøkono- misk Institut/KU, hvor han udelukken- de har beskæftiget sig med økologisk jordbrug i Danmark og i udviklings- landene. I U-landssammenhæng del- tager han, bl.a. sammen med ICROFS, i ProGrOV projektet med fremme af økologiske varekæder i Østafrika samt træning af M.Sc. og PhD studerende i hhv. Kenya, Tanzania og Uganda. Camilla Mathiesen er pr. 1. juni 2012 ansat som informationsmedarbejder ved ICROFS. Hendes opgaver bliver formidling via web, projektkommuni- kation, nyhedsbreve og en lang række andre informationsopgaver. Camilla er uddannet journalist og Cand. Mag. i Europastudier og kommer fra en stil- ling som redaktør i Berlingske Media. Hun har tidligere arbejdet med formid- ling af viden om økologi som projekt- leder og kommunikationsmedarbejder i Økologisk Landsforening.

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ICROFS nyt 1/2011  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 1/2011 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

rede i 2009 en helhedsplan for natur, miljø og landbrug kaldet Grøn Vækst. Som et led i denne plan har rege- ringen øremærket 12 mio. euro til økologisk forskning, udvikling og demonstration. Hovedtemaerne for det nye program ved navn Organic RDD er vækst, troværdig- hed og robuste systemer, og den økonomiske ramme er 4 mio. euro årligt i tre år. Om ICROFS

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ICROFS nyt 3/2011  Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

ICROFS nyt 3/2011 Nyhedsbrev fra ICROFS

Mødets første dag, hvor der deltog godt 50 projektledere og -deltagere samt repræsentanter fra GUDP-kon- toret, ICROFS’ programkomité og ICROFS’ bestyrelse indledtes med at Thomas Harttung, formand for ICROFS’ bestyrelse, fremhævede at den økologiske sektor forlader fokus på udbyttemaksimering for i højere grad at fokusere på udbytteoptimering. Derfor har det nye program fokus på bæredygtig vækst, troværdighed og robuste systemer, og meget af det, der bliver fundet frem til, kommer også det konventionelle landbrug til gode.

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