Another successful event was organised at the Eco Expo as part of the EIT Food supported Regenerative Agriculture Revolution programme.
Every living thing has a place in the ecosystem. Biodiversity is the essential basis of all life. It provides us with clean air and water, high-quality soil, plant pollination, food and other useful raw materials, and is the cornerstone of our health and food security. Reduced biodiversity is a huge problem, since the prospects of life and survival are thereby damaged. Industrial agriculture is not only the cause, but also the victim of this destructive process. The key to our future and a full pantry is agriculture that works in greater harmony with nature, providing a habitat for many species, in addition to ensuring our food supply. As the autumn sowing season approaches, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) is encouraging the preservation of biodiversity and appropriate mulching.
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Regulation on plants produced by certain new genomic techniques. The proposal, adopted on 5 July 2023, is part of a package of legislative proposals to support the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
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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