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Italy: Technology Platform for Organic Farming Founded

In Italy, a technology platform for organic was founded on January 19, 2010 in Rome, at the premises of the National Research Council CNR. This is reported in the Bollettino Bio.

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Technology platforms are aiming at joining the efforts of the organic industry and civil society in defining organic research priorities and defending them vis-à-vis the policy-makers. The< European Technology Platform TP Organics was established in December 2008; a Technology Platform for Hungary was founded in April 2009

The Italian Technology Platform plans develop a vision for the development of the organic sector and the corresponding research needs.

The following institutions are the founding members of the Italian Technology Platform:

  • The publisher Coldiretti;
  • The Italian Association of Organic Agriculture AIAB;
  • Apofruit, a coopertive enterprise specialising in the main Italian fruit and vegetables for the international market; 
  • ATQ, Environmental Quality Technology;
  • The National Research Council CNR;
  • The Council for Research and Experimentation in Agriculture CRA; 
  • The Research Centre for Plant Production CRPV;
  • The National Resarch Institute fo Food and Nutrition INRAN;
  • The National Agency for New Technologies ENEA;
  • The Italian Federation of Organic Farming Federbio; 
  • The University of Bologna;
  • The University of Pisa;
  • Veneto Agricoltura, which promotes agriculture in the region of Veneto.

Source: Bollettino Bio N. 426, Decimo anno, Febbraio 2010. (Translation/Summary: Helga Willer, FiBL, Frick)

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