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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.

Coordinator

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Address

Priory Street
Cv1 5fb Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 661 325

Participants (24)

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PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 164 862,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 242 781,25

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 233 655

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 130 688,75

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 306 293,75

POLITECHNIKA CZESTOCHOWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 146 808,75

LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A.

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 260 335

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 178 810

INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIONY FORMACION AGRARIA PESQUERA ALIMENTARIA Y DE LA PRODUCCION ECOLOGICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 71 167,50

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 108 093,75

EKOLOJIK TARIM ORGANIZASYONU DERNEGI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 20 925

STIFTELSEN NORSK SENTER FOR OKOLOGISK LANDBRUK

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 249 615

EIDGENOSSICHEN FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR WALD SCHNEE UND LANDSCHAFT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 46 636,25

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 153 745

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 165 492,50

INSTITUT D ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET DE RECHERCHE EN ALIMENTATION SANTE ANIMALE SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES ETDE L ENVIRONNEMENT VETAGRO SUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 50 275

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER AGRARTECHNIK UND BIOOEKONOMIE E V

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 166 630

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 19 600

THE SOIL ASSOCIATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 38 993,75

FORSCHUNGSRING FUR BIOLOGISCH-DYNAMISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSWEISE EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 152 432,50

DEPARTAMENT D'AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA, PESCA I ALIMENTACIO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 64 462,50

OSLOMET - STORBYUNIVERSITETET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 213 303,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 101 963,75

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 142 630

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 774340

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 121 527,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 091 526

Coordinated by:

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom