The Organic 3.0 approach does challenge us a lot in the organic world, including science. It is a good frame for the new approach: going together to solve future challenges in food security and safety in context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dear members and friends of ISOFAR

As president of ISOFAR, director of the Thuenen-Institute of Organic farming and world board member of IFOAM-Organic International I am working on fund raising for "Organic Knowledge Centers in Africa", "German policy target: 20% Organic" and others. I support action groups in the design of concepts, recently for "True Cost Accounting", ‚ÄĚsocio-economic" and "agro-ecology". I still travel a lot and try to promote "Organic Tricks" (like healthy farmer seeds and breeding livestock, intelligent crop rotation, organic pest control, high soil fertility, low water pollution, climate adaptation and mitigation, livestock-crop integration and interaction, nutrient management, food chain traceability and integrity measures, and last but not least fair working and income from producer to consumers) as part of the solution for food security and safety (we call it "plan B").

 

I know that all my colleagues from the ISOFAR board are active like me. That makes me proud.

Nevertheless, Organic researchers are still isolated and ignored in their competence in many parts of the academic world. I know, we all need more recourses and respect. Organic farming research has not a fair share of the resources. ISOFAR cannot give money, but is a platform to promote our competence and argues for resources. This is always a difficult and slow motion action, but worthy. We all should not be ashamed to ask "give me money". As long as others have more. 

 

Communication of our results and ideas is possible in scientific papers. Our Journal of Organic Agriculture is growing well; we have already 225 accepted papers. Every year we receive 160 new manuscripts and an extended group of editors (27 scientists) does review them for scientific quality. This quality assurance is important to avoid the image of ideology and "wished results" for Organic research. Open source publications make us the world not easy. Many of them offer fast and problem-free publication of results. But the quality is very often not okay and the image of such papers is decreasing. We work in ISOFAR on quality, together with Springer publisher. You as member of ISOFAR help to make this possible.

 

I wish all of you a good time at your work and with your families and friends, to make our world better - with science.

 

gerold rahmann

 

Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann

 

President of ISOFAR