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Today's high political and societal acceptance and interest in organic farming research is reflected in the fact that the organic farming research is substantially funded by the European Union and that the European action plan stresses the importance of organic farming research.

At this webpage links and information related to organic farming research are made available.

Organic food and farming research in Europe: Background

Organic farming research is organised differently in the countries of Europe.

Until the 1980s, organic farming research was mainly carried out by private research institutes, which have been the driving force for the development of organic farming research for many years (for example the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, founded in 1973 or the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm).

In the 1980s the first universities took organic farming on their curricula, in the 1990s the first EU-funded projects on organic farming contributed to a better collaboration of researchers on organic farming on a European level, and the first state research institutes became active.

Today's high political and societal acceptance and interest in organic farming research is reflected in the fact that the organic farming research is substantially funded by the European Union, and that the European action plan for organic food and farming stresses the importance of organic farming research. Many national action plans include special programs for organic farming research. Examples are Germany's Federal Organic Farming Scheme BOEL www.bundesprogramm-oekolandbau.de), which has a dedicated research part, and in Denmark the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (www.ICROFS.org), previously Danish Research Centre for Research in Organic Farming (DARCOF) has been running since 1996.

At the state research institutions organic farming is getting increasing attention in many countries. For intstance, the German Federal Agricultural Research Institute has one research institute dedicated to organic farming research.

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