ICROFS

  • International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

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2020.05.04 | Agriculture and food

Research and common learning about cow-calf contact systems in dairy herds

Cow-calf contact in dairy herds is subject to research from many angles, and the so-called Stable Schools is one of them. Here, farmers who want to develop cow-calf contact systems on their farms, can learn together and develop ways to keep calves together with cows. Being part of a research project, this approach can contribute to formulating…

2020.05.04 | Agriculture and food

How to make the best choice for careful, minimal and mild processing methods

A set of strategies and tools that helps organic food processors to select the most sustainable and gentle technologies for organic food processing is being developed in the ProOrg project. Now the tools have to be tested in practice, and the project are thus looking for food processing companies interested in finding more sustainable alternatives…

2020.04.23 | Agriculture and food

Residual nitrogen effect of cover crops and straw by different crop management

Residues from both main crops and cover crops may play an important role in the nutrient recycling. Despite of very different visible cover crop biomass in two years, the residual nitrogen fertiliser value of a clover-containing cover crop was consistently high.

Field with Lucerne

2020.04.14 | Agriculture and food

How grass protein concentrate can be stored and used for feeding organic pigs

Wet protein concentrates, produced by protein biorefining of pasture crops, may be stored for two months before its direct utilization in the feed formulation for pigs - but the temperature and storage is of great significance to the quality.

Machine used in prevention of seed-borne diseases, developed by FORCE Technology

2020.04.23 | Agriculture and food

Organic seeds must be of high quality

The project “SaaGodt” looks into combating seed-borne diseases and the germination quality of organic seeds. Although hypotheses have been made, it cannot be concluded that organic seed generally has poorer germination capacity, says project manager Anders Borgen.

Intensive and specialized farming may provide higher yields, but agroecological farming deliver other benefits. Illustration: Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology.

2020.04.20 | Agriculture and food

Comparisons between organic and conventional agriculture need to be better, say researchers

The environmental impact of agriculture and food production is a highly topical issue and frequently discussed worldwide. However, researchers from Aarhus University, Chalmers University of Technology and INRAE point out that the comparison method most widely applied (LCA) often lacks some rather crucial factors. Often, the LCA method does not…