Copper is currently used as a plant protection product (PPP) and/or leaf fertilizer in organic and conventional farming in several European countries. However, its use is controversial, which is why the European research project RELACS (Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems) is looking for alternatives. To understand the significance of copper usage and
The RELACS project partners issued practical guidelines informing farmers about assessing the main nutrient flows in and out of their farm with a dedicated Excel tool. The tool reveals whether farms have a nutrient surplus or deficit. Based on the results, farmers are enabled to adjust their nutrient flows to achieve a balanced nutrient budget.
Anthelmintic resistance is spreading globally, impacting the environment and animal welfare. This is why the organic sector is seeking non-chemical complements or alternatives. The RELACS partner Scotland Rural University College (SRUC) investigated the anthelmintic efficacy of heather extracts by performing a comparative analysis of extracts obtained from two heather species. Read the news story “Can
From Italy to Japan – Findings on behavioural manipulation as an alternative to the use of paraffin oil in greenhouse whitefly control presented in Japan
We just published our third news story, focusing on the experience of Valeria Fattoruso, researcher at RELACS’ partner University of Trento. Her research aims at finding environmentally sound solutions to control the population of one of the most harmful insect pests, namely the greenhouse whitefly, to replace the common use of paraffin oils. Her outstanding
Policy brief on the organic approach to inputs – Plant protection products, fertilisers, veterinary drugs and feed additives explained
A new policy brief offers a clearer picture on the principles and regulations governing the use of different organic inputs in organic farming. It describes strategies to reduce the use of inputs and obstacles that natural substances face in the current regulatory system. The policy brief identifies different strategies and obstacles for each type of
The main goal of the RELACS project is to reduce the use of contentious manures and fertilisers in organic farming. This is not an easy task as knowledge about the current use of such inputs is limited. To counter this issue, the University of Hohenheim, the University of Copenhagen and the Research Institute of Organic
RELACS news story published – Farmer Field Schools: reducing antibiotics in livestock and improving farming through peer-to-peer knowledge exchange
The first Farmer Field School focusing on the reduction of antibiotics in livestock took place in Balbigny, France on 1 April 2019. RELACS’ partner Fédération des Eleveurs et Vétérinaires En Convention (FEVEC) organised the event, which was hosted by “La Ferme du Tilleul”. The five participating farmers learned about best practices and exchanged knowledge about
Farmer Field Schools: peer-to-peer learning to reduce the use of antibiotics – Read the RELACS project’s first practice abstract
In March 2019, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), IFOAM EU and the French Research Institute for Organic Farming (ITAB) published the first RELACS Practice Abstract. A Practice Abstract contains practical guidelines for different actors of the food and farming system to solve a given problem, in this case farmers and farm advisors. In
Help us to gain an overview on the use and need for antimicrobials and anthelmintics in organic farming – Fill out the survey before 15 March
Scotland’s Rural College, Soil Association and other partners of the RELACS project are conducting a European-wide survey to gain an overview on the current use and need for antimicrobials and anthelmintics in organic farming. We are specifically interested in hearing from Inspectors of Organic Certification Bodies and Farmers Groups. Complete the survey by 15 March.
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