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Annual congress

4th QLIF congress, Modena 2008

The 4th QLIF congress was organized in the form of five interdisciplinary workshops that took place during the 16th Organic World Congress. Information on the background and programme of the workshops is found below.

During each workshop a moderator successfully assisted in integrating the participants actively in discussion of major topics of the QLIF project which were briefly presented. Notes were taken during all workshops and will be integrated in a paper describing the outcome of the workshops.

Drafts of the workshop papers will be posted for further discussion on this website during summer 2008.

A QLIF newsbriefs will be sent out when the workshop papers are ready. You may subscribe to these newsbriefs here...

Pre-conference background

The fourth annual scientific congress of the QLIF project takes place during 19-20 June 2008 at the occassion of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Modena, Italy, where ISOFAR also organizes their 2nd Scientific Conference.

The program for the overall Organic World Congress and the 4th QLIF congress is now available and likewise the on-line registration is open.

QLIF workshops

During the Organic World Congress QLIF offers a series of five outstanding workshops where central organic themes are highlighted during a synthesis paper written by a team of QLIF authors. Subseqently, the workshops makes room for an exhaustive, moderated discussion.

An overview of the QLIF workshop programme with the titles of the workshops and timetable for the 19th and 20th June is now available.

The series of workshops will be introduced by the QLIF project leader Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert and opened by Dr. Timothy Hall, Acting Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food, European Commission, DG Research.

Further information on the individual workshops is available below:

The workshops are intended as an opportunity for scientists, stakeholders and producers to discuss in depth the contributions that organic farming offer in a broad perspective.

For further information on the concept for the QLIF workshops during the Modena 2008 Conference, please see the QLIF Newletter article (December 2007).

Contributions to the ISOFAR Scientific Conference

In addition to the QLIF workshops, individual presentations from QLIF have entered the scientific programme of the ISOFAR Scientific Conference following the general procedure for submission of scientific contributions. Thus, a number of individual QLIF presentations will be given and willl be available in the Organic Eprints database.

Links related to the 4th QLIF congress


Outline and time schedule of the workshops


Introduction

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert, Newcastle University, UK

Opening

Dr. Timothy Hall, Acting Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food , European Commission, DG Research

Thursday, 19th June 2008: 11.15-11.45

Baluardo della Cittadella - Piazza Tien An Men 5


Workshop 1: Product quality in organic and low input farming systems

Chairperson: Lorna Lück, Univ. Newcastle

Moderator: Machteld Huber, Louis-Bolk-Institute

QLIF researchers have quantified effects on food quality and health of products such as wheat, forage, apples, milk and meat. The workshop identifies factors which cause variation of the product quality for different commodities. Experimental findings on quality of organic and low input foods will be compared with consumer expectations and attitudes. For selected quality improving measures their economic impact will be analysed. Furthermore, the role of processing in maintaining or improving specific ‘organic’ qualities will be examined.

Paper Workshop 1: Product quality in organic and low input farming systems

Thursday, 19th June 2008: 11.45-13.00, 14.30-16.00

Baluardo della Cittadella - Piazza Tien An Men 5


Workshop 2: Resource efficiency of organic and low input systems in comparison to intensive agriculture

Chairperson: Carlo Leifert, Univ Newcastle

Moderator: Liz Oughton, Univ. Newcastle

In this workshop, we will summarize the results of the QLIF project on food safety issues. The participants discuss safety problems related to organic and low input standards and techniques for both animal and plant products. They will relate the findings to consumers’ perception and concern. Improved production and processing techniques will be suggested.

Paper Workshop 2: Safety of foods from organic and low input farming systems

Thursday, 19th June 2008: 16.30-18.00, 18.30-20.00

Baluardo della Cittadella - Piazza Tien An Men 5


Workshop 3: Productivity of organic and low input systems (crops)

Chairperson: Ulrich Koepke, Univ. Bonn

Moderator: Lucius Tamm, FiBL

Panel members: Edith Lammerts van Bueren

A large amount of results on optimising organic and low-input production of crops for commodities such as wheat, apples, tomatoes and lettuce have been generated. However, the gap between the productivity of organic and conventional production systems persists as one of the main issues. In this workshop we want to analyse this gap, assess the impact of the QLIF results on yields and costs, and to spark a discussion on further approaches how to increase productivity and yield stability.

Paper Workshop 3: Productivity of organic and low input systems (crops)

Friday, 20th June 2008: 9.00-10.45, 11.15-13.00

Fondazione San Carlo - Vian San Carlo 5, Teatro San Carlo


Workshop 4: Productivity of organic and low input systems (livestock)

Chairperson: Hans Spoolder, WUR

Moderator: Susanne Padel, Aberystwyth University

Panel members: Maria Fladl, DG AGRI, European Commission and Albert Sundrum, University of Kassel, Germany

The QLIF project has targeted a variety of issue to make organic animal production (dairy cattle, pig, poultry) more safe, develop alternative methods to promote animal health and improve product quality. This workshop will discuss these aims as well as the QLIF achievements to date. It will also address our way of assessing the quality of our organic farms. We ask the question what the advantages are of doing this by looking at the output of a farm, such as yield, animal welfare and environmental issues. Alternatively, we also want to know what benefits there are in looking at how the farm is organised, via input factors such as housing design, nutrition, management quality. Two invited speakers will state their preference. Legislation, certification and consumer perceptions wil be addressed. We are interested to hear your opinion!

Paper Workshop 4: Productivity of organic and low input systems (livestock)

Friday, 20th June 2008: 09.00-10.45, 11.15-13.00

Fondazione San Carlo - Vian San Carlo 5, Sala Conferenze


Workshop 5: Resource efficiency of organic and low input systems in comparison to intensive agriculture

Chairperson: Kristian Thorup-Kristensen, Univ. Aarhus

Moderator: Mary Brennan, Univ. Newcastle

Panel members: Niels Halberg, Danish Research Centre of Organic Farming and Urs Niggli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland

QLIF researchers have collected data on the environmental and economic impact of a series of production measures. This will be the basis for this workshop which aims to analyse the efficiency of organic and low-input systems concerning the use of land, nutrients, water energy, and climate change scenarios. Economic efficiency of different production systems with implication for markets and prices will be analysed. Furthermore, we will explore to which extend consumers value environmental benefits.

Paper Workshop 5: Resource efficiency of organic and low input systems in comparison to intensive agriculture

Friday, 20th June 2008: 14.30-16.00, 16.30-17.45, Fondazione San Carlo - Vian San Carlo 5, Teatro San Carlo

Closing Remarks

Urs Niggli, FiBL, Switzerland

Friday, 20th June 2008: 17.45-18.00, Fondazione San Carlo - Vian San Carlo 5, Teatro San Carlo