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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.



The main idea of CORE organic is to coordinate research programmes between the 21 partner countries.


TP Organics

TP Organics is a European technology platform fororganic food and farming research. Read more...


The EU research project SOLID on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying runs from 2011-2016. Read more...


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ICROFS Research

Danish R&D


Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.



Cow - ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

The history of ICROFS


The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems, ICROFS, was established by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in June 2008. As an international centre with an international mandate, ICROFS has replaced and expanded the former Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming, DARCOF.


The former national centre DARCOFwas established in 1995 as a so-called "centre without walls," where the actual reseearch is performed in institutions and research groups.


Development of (Danish) research in organic farming

Since the middle of the 1980s the promotion of organic farming has been part of the Danish Government's policy. This policy has included economic support for conversion of farms, regulation and control, advisory services and public information, and education and research in organic forming.


The Danish research in organic farming in the late 80's and early 90's was mainly performed on private, organic farms and in long-term crop systems experiments on research stations. This research focused on milk production and crop rotations and, among other things, it resulted in effective methods of organic milk production.


In 1992 the Government action plan for organic farming and the National strategy for agricultural research both pointed out that research in organic farming should receive higher priority by strengthening the existing structure. They also suggested that the necessary concentration of inputs could be achieved by establishing a centre across institutes and research disciplines.


Likewise, the 1995 Action plan for the promotion of organic food production in Denmark recommended that higher priority should be given to research in organic farming, in order to facilitate conversion and increase organic food production to match consumer demand. This plan also suggested that a dedicated organic research station should be set up.


Against this background, the Ministry of Food took the initiative to establish the Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming (DARCOF) in September 1995. At the same time it set aside 100 million DKK (about 13 million Euro) for research and development during the 1996 - 1999 period. Furthermore, the Ministry decided to establish an organic research station and several organic workshop sites.



Organic Eprints

Since 2002, the Centre has developed and open-access archive for research papers in organic agriculture, Organic Eprints. And in 2003, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, joined the project as an international partner. Organic Eprints has more than 4,000 visits a day (www.orgprints.org).


European cooperation
ICROFS coordinates European trans-national research concerned with organic food and farming systems under the headline of Core Organic. Moreover, ICROFS is actively involved in a European research project on improving the organic certification system


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