RELACS (Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems) ended in April 2022.
- An EU-funded project involving 28 partners from research, farming, advisory services and industry from 11 European countries.
- Coordinated by IFOAM EU, the RELACS project sought to foster the development - and facilitate the adoption - of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies to phase out the dependency on and use of inputs considered contentious in organic farming systems.
- Worm control without anthelmintics, by Megan Lee, Senior Technical Officer, Soil Association Certification
- Anthelmintic control: natural alternatives - RELACS trial results
- The benefits of Farmer Field School, by Kate Still, Head of Farming Programmes
- Short film: Farmer Kat Sharp from Achpopuli Farm, participant in Anthelmintic control trial
Cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies
As a systems approach to sustainable agriculture, organic farming aims to effectively manage ecological processes while lowering dependence on off-farm inputs. The RELACS project partners will evaluate far-advanced and new solutions to further reduce the use of external inputs and, if needed, develop and adopt cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies to:
- Reduce the use of copper and mineral oil in plant protection
- Identify sustainable sources for plant nutrition
- Provide solutions to support livestock health and welfare
RELACS is coordinated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. IFOAM EU is responsible for communication, dissemination and facilitation of the science-practice-policy dialogue. The project runs from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2022.