October 2008 No. 7

General articles:

QLIF training and exchange workshop - Improved quality in organic food production

QLIF papers in
'Cultivating the Future Based on Science'

Registration open
for the 5th annual
QLIF congress

Knowledge synthesis on opportunities and barriers for organic production

QLIF research

Suckling systems improve natural living in organic dairy calves

Herbs in the diet moderates roundworm infections in organic pigs

Animal welfare of rodent pests needs public awareness

Differences in the composition between organic and conventional milk

Ozone treatment keeps the quality of fresh-cut green leaf lettuce

Single cleaning of pig pens is ineffective against roundworms


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Towards improved quality in organic food production

- 5th International QLIF Training and Exchange workshop 21 - 23 January 2009, Driebergen, NL

by Monique Hospers-Brands, Louis Bolk Institute, NL

From 21 to 23 January 2009 the international seminar "Towards improved quality in organic food production" will be organised in Driebergen (NL). The seminar offers junior scientists and PhD students an excellent opportunity to get informed and discuss about actual research and extension techniques and methods in the field of quality in organic food production. The meeting has the character of a ‘winter school’ with an intensive interaction between contributors and participants.

Background and seminar outline

Consumers’ expectations about organic food are covering both production and the product itself. Organic production is regulated and guaranteed, which is not so in case of product quality. For a further consumers’ support, quality of organic produce might become a key factor.

This 5th (last) seminar within the QLIF project will be focusing on the most actual research output related to this quality question. Expert researchers from QLIF project partners and other European Institutions will bring in their knowledge and experience related to food quality and to challenges for the organic sector.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to both background and actual knowledge, and both theory and practice of research approaches and techniques, which are suited for the questions around product quality and how to achieve it. Aspects of human health will be touched but are not the central theme.

To the seminar team belong researchers from The Louis Bolk Instituut that is a research institute for organic agriculture, nutrition and health. Knowledge and skills, gained and developed in 30 years of research in organic agriculture will be brought into the seminar. Both lectures and skill training belong to the program.

To the seminar team also belong researchers from:

  • Newcastle University (UK)
  • University of Kassel (Germany)
  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland)
  • Bioforsk Økologisk (Norway)
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland)

Programme and further information

On the QLIF website a seminar homepage has been set up where information can be accessed on:

Further information can be obtained from the seminar organizers:

Ir. M. Hospers-Brands
Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)343 523 865
E-mail: m.hospers@louisbolk.nl