This year, TP Organics’ annual public event will take place online on 30 November-1 December 2021, under the title ‘Better inputs for organic farming‘. For this edition of the Organic Innovation Days, TP Organics partners with the European research projects RELACS and Organic-PLUS. These two Horizon 2020-funded EU projects aim at reducing the use of contentious inputs in organic farming systems.
Day 1: Alternatives to contentious inputs in organic farming
On the first day, participants will take a closer look at plant protection products, such as copper and mineral oil, as well as soil and nutrients, peat and plastic, antibiotics, vitamins, and novel bedding materials in livestock husbandry. Each topic will be presented by the projects’ experts, and a discussion will follow.
Day 2: Socio-economic aspects and the way forward for contentious inputs
On day 2, Organic-PLUS and RELACS experts will present the socio-economic results of the projects in 3 sessions:
- Consumer perspectives and citizen juries;
- Socio-economic and environmental impacts of alternative tools and technologies;
- Acceptance level of different alternative inputs, towards a European roadmap for replacing contentious inputs.
These exchanges will be followed by a high-level policy debate on how to tackle contentious inputs in organic farming. The European Commission’s Directorate General on Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) will introduce the topic and how the Organic Action Plan can contribute. The RELACS and Organic-PLUS project coordinators will conclude the event and point out next steps.
Present on social media? Share your thoughts and pictures from the event using the hashtags #OrganicInnovationDays, #OID2020 and #TPOrganics and/or the Twitter handles @TPOrganics, @RELACSeu & @OrgPLUSresearch.