2020.07.08 | Agriculture and food

The choice of food matters to the climate and the environment

It should be easier for professional kitchens to include climate-friendly and sustainable dishes on the menu. A new project aims to map organic foods’ impact on the environment and thus make it easier for large kitchens to create responsible food purchases

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.

2020.08.20 | Agriculture and food

Cover crops are under-valued in organic arable cropping

Properly utilized cover crops can increase soil fertility, raise yield raise and reduce the environmental and climate footprints of cropping systems. However, this calls for innovative thinking and new technologies.

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…

Photo: Camilla Brodam

2020.03.13 | Agriculture and food

Foraging pigs-contribution of protein-rich fodder to finish pigs

Carl Sheard is an organic pig farmer (45 sows) in the Pays de La Loire region of France. He is experimenting a system of outdoor fattening using various combinations of forage crops. In the OK-Net Ecofeed project, in which ICROFS is a partner, a trial began at his farm this autumn 2019. The aim is to provide a diverse range of mixed forage crops…

2020.02.22 | Agriculture and food

CORE Organic newsletter February 2020

There is a lot of exciting activity going on in the CORE Organic Cofund projects and the results have started to show up with high frequency, which also is reflected in this edition of the CORE Organic Newsletter.

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