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Canada: Research Priorities for Organic Agriculture for 2011

(15.03.2011) 

The Canadian Expert Committee on Organic Agriculture (ECOA) and Research and Innovation Working Group of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (RIWG ) has developed research priorities eight categories: 1) animals, 2) plants, 3) soils, 4) ecological systems, 5) food quality and health, 6) marketing and 7) policy and 8) sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

The priorities for 2011 build on those developed in previous years and the Farmer Research Needs Survey (2008-2009).

Priorities are listed as succinct statements with some areas of concentration noted.

As a General Research Priority, ECOA/RIWG recommends establishing funds and facilitating research in organic agriculture and food, to address the goals of carrying out research for the public good, including long term research, making research results publicly available and reducing requirements for matching funding from industry.

ECOA/RIWG also recommends investigating research accomplishments in other areas of the world that relate to the research needs of organic agriculture in Canada.

Further information

  • oacc.info: Research Priorities for 2011 by the Expert Committee on Organic Agriculture and Research and Innovation Working Group of the Organic Value Chain Round Table

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