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November 30, 2009: COST Exploratory Workshop on Low Input/Organic Agriculture: The Farm of Tomorrow? in Brussels, Belgium

A workshop of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST on low-input and organic agriculture will take place on November 30, 2009, in Brussels.

Brussels, Belgium

More public and private investments in sustainable farming could boost food supplies and ensure global food security. Low input farming and organic farming may comply with the needs of producing high quality safe food in an environmentally sustainable, cost-effective and socially acceptable way. However, many organisational, scientific and economic issues need to be addressed to foster further development in this field.

To illustrate the new vitality in this sector and to attempt to provide answers to such questions, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is convening a multidisciplinary one-day Exploratory Workshop on Low Input/ Organic Agriculture: the Farm of Tomorrow? The overall objective of the workshop is to identify the need and potential for a structured COST Action on this topic. This will define suitable indicators that may assist stakeholders and policymakers in their decisions.

At this event, Urs Niggli, academic coordinator of the European research project QualityLowInputFood QLIF, and Carlo Leifert, coordinator of both the QLIF and the new LowInputBreeds project will both speak at the event.

COST actions are networks centred around nationally funded research projects in fields that are of interest to at least five COST countries. The financial support averages EUR 100 000 per year for a four-year period.

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