2022 was full of extra challenges for Hungarian agriculture as a whole. However, the difficulties again show that in a rapidly changing world, future-proof agroecological production methods are extremely valuable, and provide a reliable reference point. More EU and domestic resources than ever before have been made available to Hungarian farmers for organic production and transition, and the Hungarian Organic Action Plan, which came into effect in 2022, is encouraging further development in the sector. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) is strengthening domestic knowledge transfer and the sustainability revolution through its wide-ranging and expanding research, as well as its growing role in EU projects.
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The publication takes readers on a journey to 15 organic plant and animal breeding initiatives in Europe. Every initiative is presented by a person involved in the initiative. For each initiative, the aims and challenges are described. The selected examples give a good insight into the great diversity of initiatives to maintain and promote biodiversity in organic crops and animal species.
What does ÖMKi do?
ÖMKi is the only independent organization in Hungary devoted specifically to sustainable agriculture. Since 2011, we have been working to ensure the competitiveness of organic food production in Hungary by practical research, authentic advices, consultation possibility and knowledge transfer, . We believe that the future belongs both to organic production methods that embrace tradition and the results of scientific research and innovation. We will explain why.
Why is organic good?
As a food production system organic agriculture prefers local resources and natural processes rather than external additives and artificial substances, which are harmful to the human body. Foodstuffs produced this way are diverse and nutritious, and producing them does not pollute our environment.
Is good for health
Is good for the Earth
Is good for local producers
On-farm research means setting up simple experiments at operating farms, which are adjusted to the production goals defined by the farmers. The topic of the experiments is determined in cooperation with the participating farms. The main areas of research are arable farming, horticulture, viticulture and apiculture. Our network is unique in Hungary, and it was recognized with the Agricultural Development Award of the 78th OMÉK, the E.on Energy Globe Award in 2018 and the Certificate for the Protection of the Environment of the KSZGYSZ in 2019. Our unique on-farm project can be further extended until 2023 from the EU framework granted by the Ministry of Agriculture and the MNVH.
Humanity has reached a point where we cannot go further using our usual tools. We have destroyed a large part of Planet Earth, which nourishes the human body, and we have destroyed the honor of truth, which nourishes the soul. The challenge in front of us is obvious. We should sacrifice all our strength to protect mother nature so that we can look our children in their innocent eyes, with pure hearts. We should support solutions and people who manage the available results in a sustainable manner, in harmony with nature. Thus, our focus should be shifted towards organic agricultural systems. Only countries and nations that take this step have a secure future.
Pékműhely (Owner of traditional bakery)
It is very inspiring that young researchers who are truly committed to and motivated to carrying out organic agriculture and the conservation of biodiversity provide me practical advice.
In addition, I always get a quick and up-to-date answer on any professional topic, and I know that working with ÖMKi on a variety of projects is a simple way to connect with other organic producers. These connections and the continuous exchange of our experiences also leads us towards better results.
In my opinion, ÖMKi is the only organization in Hungary that strives to provide knowledge with a pragmatic focus on Hungarian organic farmers. As an enthusiastic organic farmer, I gladly participate in workshops and professional meetings organized by ÖMKi. These not only provide new and useful information, but also create opportunities for mutual exchange of experiences with other farmers and professional networking.
Magosvölgy Organic Farm
I have been devoted to organic agriculture for almost 30 years. I eat organic products and I grow them in my garden. I brought this way of thinking from my birthplace, Nagybajom, as this is how we lived in my family. Since then I have been sad to see kitchen gardens disappearing from the countryside, and how rural areas and knowledge are being reduced. I am happy to see, and I support any steps or results that aims to promote healthy, clean eating, to maintain the ecological balance, and to rediscover our long lost regional plant varieties. ÖMKi is excellent in this regard. I think that the work they do is vital now, so that we can leave space in clean and unpolluted world for our grandchildren to live.
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