FiBL Europe celebrates its opening
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The leading research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s sound scientific knowledge on organic farming and the policy-making processes taking place in Brussels.
The team of FiBL Europe. From left to right: Magdalena Kurrig (intern), Miguel Angel de Porras Acuña (co-director), Urs Niggli (president), Dóra Mészáros (co-director), Pia Pedross (junior scientist). (Photo: Andrea Adriani Studio)
FiBL Europe, the new branch of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) provides a place for vibrant exchange between the organic farming community and the many different representatives and stakeholders present in Brussels. "Organic farming has become a real alternative for European agriculture, and we came to Brussels to provide our scientific knowledge and to support the transition towards more sustainable farming even better", says Dóra Mészáros, co-director of FiBL Europe.
World largest organic research institute
With its branches, FiBL is the largest research institute dedicated to organic farming globally. Its research capacities are a key resource to solve the practical problems organic farmers are facing as well as providing basic research on sustainability aspects of agriculture.Urs Niggli, president of the new centre in Brussels, says: "FiBL Europe is the portal to the scientific and technical excellence of the five national FiBL research institutes in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and France". "It will offer its services to both the public and private sector."
The new office of FiBL Europe in Brussels. (Photo: FiBL)
Aims of FiBL Europe
Besides offering a comprehensive toolbox with information on organic farming knowledge in different European languages, FiBL Europe will promote sustainability assessment methodologies for agricultural businesses, companies in the food sector and for decision makers, using tools such as SMART, RISE and Life Cycle Assessment.
"Further plans are to provide more countries with regularly updated lists of organic seed and propagation material on the platform OrganicXseeds.com", says Miguel de Porras, co-director of FiBL Europe. "Additionally, more national lists of evaluated inputs for organic agriculture are under preparation".
On the occasion of the inauguration of FiBL Europe, FiBL presents itself with a modernized corporate design including a refreshed logo.
Further information: Homepage FiBL Europe
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