Innovation in the case study
Alternatives to contentious inputs in organic farming are usually novel approaches and only used by pioneer farmers.
They may be alternative inputs (e.g. biodegradable instead of plastic mulches), or system changes, involving avoidance of some inputs through a redesign of farming practices (e.g. improved ventilation to better prevent diseases and reduce the need for antibiotics).
Organic PLUS contributes to the development, realisation and dissemination of these innovative solutions.
The consortium tests their effects, e.g. on plant and animal health or on the soil, identifies their optimal usage and adapts them to specific context conditions or new research developments (development and realisation stage).
It then disseminates these results to farmers to induce a change in farming practices, and to policy makers to effect change in existing EU, national and regional regulations (dissemination stage).
Follow the link to read more about Organic Plus.