IFOAM Organics Europe is looking for 6 young, motivated people residing in the EU to volunteer in our office in Brussels as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). Placement will start in autumn provided the ESC grant is approved. Do you know anyone that would be interested? The volunteers will be trained and get [...]
The new European website www.face-network.eu/discover goes online on 1st of June 2021! We have scaled up the number of participating cheesemakers from 3 countries to 17 countries across Europe! 1. Discover the variety of European cheese FACEnetwork offers the possibility to discover farmhouse and artisanal cheeses in different regions with a wide variety of traditions. [...]
Farmers need access to suitable organic seed but there is a lack of high-quality organic seeds in Europe. The EU-funded LIVESEED project addressed this by developing a new organic seed quality strategy, a Europe-wide seed database and sustainable breeding techniques that target specific farming conditions. By strengthening the EU’s organic agriculture, these results will benefit [...]
The latest data on organic farming worldwide will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International at BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food. The statistics yearbook "The World of Organic Agriculture" will be launched on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, from 4 to 4.45 pm (CET) [...]
The Best4Soil partner Agroscope is organizing an international Symposium on the use of plants to improve the soil health. This so-called Biofumigation 7 Symposium is an online event, from 22-26 March 2021. The presentations will be given between 13h -17h Central European Time (Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome). All the presentations are in English, given by [...]
BEST 4 SOIL: how to reduce the use pesticides with 50% and fertilizers with 20% until 2020?
Healthy soils are of major importance for the future of the European horticultural and agricultural crop production. Especially in intensive production systems, soil borne diseases are a major factor with a negative impact on soil health. Newly developed best practices and sound crop rotations permit to maintain, improve or re-establish soil health in Europe.
The adaptation of optimised crop rotation as a basis to prevent build-up of soil borne diseases, which is specific to the needs and situation of each individual grower.
With Best4Soil we – 20 partners from the EU, including Bioselena Foundation – are building a community of practice network across Europe by inter-connecting growers, advisers, educators and researchers.
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What is Organic Agriculture?
Priority for the BIOSELENA Foundation is the implementation of policies in the field of organic agriculture. Here are the most important principles of specific organic productions:
Animal health and productivity need to be stimulated through tailor-made breeding systems, breed selection and adequate selection methods. In compliance with environmental standards, animals have to be selected based on their adaptation to the needs and conditions of the farm.
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Healthy soil is a prerequisite for healthy plants, healthy animals, thus healthy foods. In organic farming, the focus of all activities is the care of healthy soil, as well as the maintenance and increase of the soil fertility. Various vegetation and as much as possible a complete vegetation of the soil are the best prerequisites for that. Preserving and increasing the humus in soil.
In organic land, the focus is on measures that stimulate health and development of the resilient power of crops against diseases and pests. We talk about illnesses or enemies only when there is a unilateral multiplication of a particular enemy or disease.