This book reviews key research addressing key challenges faced by organic animal farming in improving yields, animal nutrition and health.

 

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Roller-crimper in a rye-vetch cover crop-mixture; Photo: A. Grand

 

Soil fertility, cropping systems, nutrient-, humus balances, soil tillage, agroforestry, water household, knowledge transfer, local, indigenous, traditional ecological knowledge, farmers’ experiments, innovation, regulatory framework, certification systems, home gardens, wild collections, ethno sciences, rural development, urban food / farming systems, organic farming and societal change, systems theory/ scenario technique, transfer approaches, transdisciplinarity, ethics, farming systems in the tropics.

Organic Farming in Austria

In 2017, 21 % of the farms and 24 % of the agricultural land in Austria were under organic management. About one third of the grassland, one third of the fruit production area and 18 % of the livestock units in Austria are organic.

 

Division of Organic Farming (IfÖL) at BOKU

Teaching:

Introductory courses on Organic Agriculture (OA) can be studied in the bachelor. At master level a German (national) and English (international) (EUR-Organic) master study program is offered.

 

Research approach:

Organic farming research at the Division of Organic Farming aims at the advancement of organic agriculture and food systems by taking the ethical and systemic nature of organic farming as well as the local knowledge, creativity and innovative capacity of the actors along the supply chain into account.

The division is structured into three working groups: Soil Fertility & Cropping Systems; Knowledge Systems & Innovation; Transdisciplinary System Research

More than 15 PhDs and approx. 20 master thesis per year are working on topics related to organic agriculture, organic food and related aspects.

 

Selected research projects at IfÖL:

- EIP-Agri: “Yield performance and soil organic matter built-up by reduced tillage and organic fertilization”

- “MUBIL”: A long-term field monitoring on the conversion to organic farming and the development of agroecological complementary measurements

-ECOBREED: Increasing the competitiveness of organic crop breeding and improving the availability of seed and varieties suitable for organic and low-input production?

- “Homegrown – There’s nothing like a homegarden!” Agro-biodiversity in farmers’ homegardens

- Gathering of wild plant species in organic farming in Austria

- Gathering wild foods in urban areas – mixed-methods study on ecological and socio-political sustainability of gathering in Vienna, Austria (UrbanWildFoods)

- Promoting young stock and cow health and welfare by natural feeding systems

- Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS): Facts and fiction on the concept of participation
- ERASMUS+ “EUROEducates”: Creation of an agroecological educational toolkit
- “The Future of Urban Food”:Scenarios of urban agrofood systems and their eco-economic impacts, case of Vienna
- EdiCitNet: a reference framework on nature-based Edible City Solutions for inclusive urban regeneration
- Low-Input Farming and Territories (LIFT) - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming
- Innovating Sustainable Agriculture in Mozambique - Learning and Teaching Tools (ISAM): Increasing the capacity of young people to contribute to higher education for students and extension services for smallholder farmers in the field of agriculture and rural development
- Building Organic Agriculture in Armenia; Improving the knowledge and skills of organic stakeholders through participatory curriculum development and outreach (BOAA)
- Smallholder Farmer Strategies to cope with Climate Change, Ethiopia and Kenya (SMACC): providing field-to-market strategies for production intensification of selected key crops that are regionally adapted to help sub-Saharan regions cope with Climate Change


AUTHOR

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Friedel; Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Freyer; Assoc.
Prof. Dr. Christian R. Vogl, Division of Organic Farming, Department of
Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life
Sciences (BOKU), Vienna; ,
; http://www.nas.boku.ac.at/en/ifoel/

This book reviews key research addressing key challenges faced by organic animal farming in improving yields, animal nutrition and health.

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Part 1 assesses current research on environmental impact, promoting animal health, enhancing naturalness and welfare. It also reviews how organic systems fit in with agroforestry, pastoralist and other smallholder farming systems.

 

The second part of the book includes case studies from leading experts on current research in improving the farming of particular species. Chapters review challenges and opportunities in organic dairy and beef farming, sheep and goats, pigs and poultry. There are also chapters on organic aquaculture as well as organic and natural beekeeping.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for all those researching organic animal farming as well as the organic livestock farmers, organic certification and regulatory bodies.

 

Key features:

  • Reviews key challenges and solutions in improving the health and      welfare of organic farm animals
  • Addresses how organic livestock farming can build on smallholder      systems such as pastoralism and agroforestry
  • Includes case studies on improving organic farming of dairy and      beef cattle, sheep and goats, pig and poultry

“Organic livestock production has come a long way since any major, comprehensive summary of it was last published so this book is hugely welcome. The cast of editors and

authors, all leaders in their field, makes the book a reliable reference work for years to come.”

 

Dr Malla Hovi, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Consultant, Preventable Surprises

 

 


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 Author info:

Edited by: Dr Mette Vaarst, Senior Researcher in the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University, and in the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Denmark. She has published widely on organic animal farming and coordinated a number of major European research projects in this area.

 

Dr Stephen Roderick manages research and development projects in organic and sustainable farming at Duchy College’s Rural Business School in the UK. He has published widely in animal health and farm resource management.

In Turkey, the Symposium on Organic Agriculture is organized at intervals since 1999 under the coordination of Association of Organic Agriculture Organizations (Ekolojik
Tarım Organizasyonu (ETO)).

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Soil fertility, cropping systems, nutrient-, humus balances, soil tillage, agroforestry, water household, knowledge transfer, local, indigenous, traditional ecological knowledge, farmers’ experiments, innovation, regulatory framework, certification systems, home gardens, wild collections, ethno sciences, rural development, urban food / farming systems, organic farming and societal change, systems theory/ scenario technique, transfer approaches, transdisciplinarity, ethics, farming systems in the tropics.

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In Turkey, the Symposium on Organic Agriculture is organized at intervals since 1999 under the coordination of Association of Organic Agriculture Organizations (Ekolojik Tarım Organizasyonu (ETO)). The 6th Symposium that will be held in Izmir on May 15-17, 2019 during the 10th Ekoloji (Ecology) Fair is open for international participants. Symposium linked to the unique Fair in Turkey on organic agriculture will surely bring new opportunities to the participants.
The Symposium aims to support scientific and innovative research work, to promote initiatives and cooperation, to discuss the delivered research results with stakeholders, to wide-spread best practices, and to share the problems faced in organic sector with decision makers and researchers. The Symposium is open for oral and poster presentations related to organic agriculture including papers on the current state-of art of organic agriculture or best practices. Panel discussions will also allow researchers to interact with the practitioners in the sector.
The Panel discussion on promotion of regional cooperation will mainly focus on Eastern European, Central Asian and Middle-eastern countries. Applications are open to all interested parties. The presentations and manuscripts should be either in Turkish or English.
The manuscripts of the oral and poster presentations will be gathered in a Book of Proceedings after a review process. Detailed information on the rules for preparing the manuscripts will be sent together with the letter of acceptance.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 24 March 2019
Finalization of the review process: 31 March 2019
Sending letters of acceptance as oral or poster presentation: 7 April 2019
Deadline submission of the full text: 15 May
2019
Symposium dates: 15-17
May 2019


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Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/MSyIBCurfxpdrAo33

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