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Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe

Objective

The Organic-PLUS project has the overall aim of providing high quality, trans-disciplinary, scientifically informed decision support to help all actors in the organic sector, including national and regional policy makers, to reach the next level of the EU’s organic success story. By doing so organic food systems can be more true to organic principles but equally to the EU Bioeconomy agenda. Organic-PLUS objectives are to: 1) identify and valorise contentious inputs currently used in European agriculture 2) provide specific technical solutions to minimise or phase-out their use 3) provide environmental, social and economic assessments of phase-out scenarios 4) disseminate and broker knowledge, ideas and results to maximise impact. We use a trans-disciplinary research approach; the consortium includes 11 universities and 15 multi-actors from 9 EU and 3 associated countries. We combine scientists from many academic disciplines with advisors, farmers and other stakeholders in participatory research design. Organic-PLUS has three large ‘topical’ workpackages called PLANT (researching alternatives to copper and mineral oils), LIVESTOCK (researching alternatives to synthetic vitamins, antibiotics and novel animal bedding) and SOIL (researching alternatives to peat, animal-derived fertilisers and plastic mulch). The topical work is supported by IMPACT (researching consumer conceptions of contentious inputs and disseminating knowledge together with stakeholders) and by MODEL (using sustainability assessment methodology to deliver phasing-out scenarios). The LEAD workpackage is also responsible for managing the International Scientific and the European Industry advisory boards ensuring impact to industry and policy development. The results of the project are disseminated through peer-reviewed and farmer-facing publications, social media, on-farm events and international conferences and we will also ensure impact through citizen juries and engagement with policy makers.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Coordinator

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 661 325

Participants (24)

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 164 862,50
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 242 781,25
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 655
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 130 688,75
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 306 293,75
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECHNIKA CZESTOCHOWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 146 808,75
Address
Ul. Dabrowskiego 69
42 201 Czestochowa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A.
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 260 335
Address
Axeltorv 3
1609 Kobenhavn V
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 178 810
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIONY FORMACION AGRARIA PESQUERA ALIMENTARIA Y DE LA PRODUCCION ECOLOGICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 71 167,50
Address
Avenida Grecia S/n Edf Atvo Los Bermejales
41012 Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 108 093,75
Address
Eskişehir Yolu 9. Km
06000 Ankara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EKOLOJIK TARIM ORGANIZASYONU DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 20 925
Address
Kultur Mah 1375 Sk No 25 Cumhuriyet Ishani Kat 3 Alsancak
35220 Izmir
Activity type
Other
STIFTELSEN NORSK SENTER FOR OKOLOGISK LANDBRUK
Norway
EU contribution
€ 249 615
Address
Gunnars Veg 6
6630 Tingvoll
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOSSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 46 636,25
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 121 148,19
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 198 089,31
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT D ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET DE RECHERCHE EN ALIMENTATION SANTE ANIMALE SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES ETDE L ENVIRONNEMENT VETAGRO SUP
France
EU contribution
€ 50 275
Address
Avenue Bourgelat 1
69280 Marcy L Etoile
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR AGRARTECHNIK UND BIOOKONOMIE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 630
Address
Max Eyth Allee 100
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 19 600
Address
80 Vincent Square
SW1P 2PE London
Activity type
Other
THE SOIL ASSOCIATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 38 993,75
Address
Spear House, 51 Victoria Street
BS1 6AD Bristol
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSRING FUR BIOLOGISCH-DYNAMISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSWEISE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 152 432,50
Address
Brandschneise 5
64295 Darmstadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Departament d'Acció Climàtica, Alimentació i Agenda Rural
Spain
EU contribution
€ 64 462,50
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 612-614
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
OSLOMET - STORBYUNIVERSITETET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 213 303,50
Address
Pilestredet 46
0167 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 101 963,75
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 142 630
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations