Sustainable organic farming or 9 billion people on Earth? Is this really an inevitable choice?
Although organic farming and sustainability are widely supported in theory, they are still considered a naive strategy when discussing the global food supply. How will we be able to supply the predicted 9 billion global population, and increase agricultural production by 50% using only organic farming methods? It seems impossible. But is it really?Details
DiverIMPACTS project meeting – Alnarp (Sweden)
The second annual general meeting of the arable crop diversification related research project called DiverIMPACTS was held this summer. A total of 34 institutions from 11 countries took part. The event was held at the Alnarp campus of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Erik Steen Jensen, professor of the Department of Living Systems and Technologies, welcomed the participants on behalf of the university. He talked about how the university works, emphasizing the unique 3:1 ratio of students to lecturers (with PhDs) and he eulogized the institution’s exceptional atmosphere and its welcoming and green environment.Details
First European conference on crop diversification brings together more than 200 participants
The first European Conference on Crop Diversification took place from the 18th to the 21st of September 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. It explored the role of crop diversification and strategies towards sustainable agri-food systems. The DiverIMPACTS project, funded under the European Union’s Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, convened the conference in collaboration with its partner projects Diverfarming, DIVERSify, ReMIX, LegValue, and TRUE as well as the German programme INSUSFAR. The local host was DiverIMPACTS partner ÖMKI, the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture.Details
Our research made understandable: A muster of grains – the second act
In the summer we introduced you to some of the details of plant pathology testing we carried out in the field. When assessing crops, besides investigating the appearance of various ear diseases, we also examined the endurance and weed-suppressing ability of the plants, as well as their growth rate. You can read more about this here.Details
Agrobiodiversity Agro, bio, what? – Why is the diversity of agriculture important?
Diversity is an important thing. Maybe we have partly understood it. But do we really understand why it is so important? Of course, it’s nice to have lots of different coloured butterflies and interesting animals living around us, and of course we should protect them, but this story is about much more.Details