The Future of Organic
The Soil Association is playing a key role in several exciting research projects that will improve organic farming and growing practices across the EU, working in collaboration with farming, research and industry partners:
The OK-NET EcoFeed project aims to help farmers, breeders and the organic feed processing industry achieve the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics—in particular pigs, broilers, laying hens and parents flocks.
The Organic-PLUS project seeks to minimise—and eventually phase out—certain contentious inputs occasionally used in certified organic agriculture across Europe. By doing so, organic food systems can be more true to the IFOAM organic principle of ‘ecology’.
The RELACS project seeks to foster the development—and facilitate the adoption—of cost-efficient, environmentally safe tools and technologies to phase out the dependency on and use of contentious inputs in organic farming systems.
The LIAISON project aims to make a significant and meaningful contribution to optimising interactive innovation project approaches and the delivery of EU policies to speed up innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas.
FABulous Farmers aims to reduce the reliance on external inputs, like chemical fertilisers and pesticides, by encouraging the use of Functional AgroBiodiversity (FAB), e.g. break the routine of single-crop production.