News Inspiration, science and innovation: how the future of the organic farming industry is shaping up
On 28 February 2023, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) for the fourth time organized the Organic Agriculture – Sectoral Conference, which on this occasion was hosted in Kecskemét, at the Neumann János University CAMPUS. The goal of the conference was to share and discuss the most important opportunities, challenges and experiences that are determining the future of organic farming, with an inspirational overview of the most outstanding international practices.
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News Globally and in the EU, the market for organic products continued to grow in 2021
The latest statistics on worldwide organic farming have been published
BIOFACH, the world's largest international fair presenting organic products, was held in Germany between 14 and 17 February 2023. During these four days, in addition to getting to know the companies involved in the production of organic food and their products, an international expert conference was convened, and included a number of sessions discussing the strategic issues currently facing the sector, including questions of policy, sustainability, science and trade. One of the most prominent recurring events at BIOFACH is the presentation of the statistical yearbook on organic farming worldwide. The latest edition of ‘The World of Organic Agriculture’, published by FiBL/IFOAM, gives an idea of the global, European and domestic situation of organic farming based on 2021 data. The now traditional session held by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi), featuring decision-makers from Central and Eastern Europe, likewise attracted great interest.
News Participatory Breeding in the 21st Century - New Publication
Participatory Breeding in the 21st Century, or can the ancient knowledge of plant breeding return to those who cultivate the land? Theoretical and practical information for organic farmers involved in participatory breeding activities
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What does ÖMKi do?
ÖMKi is the only independent organization in Hungary devoted specifically to sustainable agriculture. Since 2011, we have been working to ensure the competitiveness of organic food production in Hungary by practical research, authentic advices, consultation possibility and knowledge transfer, . We believe that the future belongs both to organic production methods that embrace tradition and the results of scientific research and innovation. We will explain why.
Why is organic good?
As a food production system organic agriculture prefers local resources and natural processes rather than external additives and artificial substances, which are harmful to the human body. Foodstuffs produced this way are diverse and nutritious, and producing them does not pollute our environment.
Is good for health
Is good for the Earth
Is good for local producers
On-farm research means setting up simple experiments at operating farms, which are adjusted to the production goals defined by the farmers. The topic of the experiments is determined in cooperation with the participating farms. The main areas of research are arable farming, horticulture, viticulture and apiculture. Our network is unique in Hungary, and it was recognized with the Agricultural Development Award of the 78th OMÉK, the E.on Energy Globe Award in 2018 and the Certificate for the Protection of the Environment of the KSZGYSZ in 2019. Our unique on-farm project can be further extended until 2023 from the EU framework granted by the Ministry of Agriculture and the MNVH.
Humanity has reached a point where we cannot go further using our usual tools. We have destroyed a large part of Planet Earth, which nourishes the human body, and we have destroyed the honor of truth, which nourishes the soul. The challenge in front of us is obvious. We should sacrifice all our strength to protect mother nature so that we can look our children in their innocent eyes, with pure hearts. We should support solutions and people who manage the available results in a sustainable manner, in harmony with nature. Thus, our focus should be shifted towards organic agricultural systems. Only countries and nations that take this step have a secure future.
Pékműhely (Owner of traditional bakery)
It is very inspiring that young researchers who are truly committed to and motivated to carrying out organic agriculture and the conservation of biodiversity provide me practical advice.
In addition, I always get a quick and up-to-date answer on any professional topic, and I know that working with ÖMKi on a variety of projects is a simple way to connect with other organic producers. These connections and the continuous exchange of our experiences also leads us towards better results.
In my opinion, ÖMKi is the only organization in Hungary that strives to provide knowledge with a pragmatic focus on Hungarian organic farmers. As an enthusiastic organic farmer, I gladly participate in workshops and professional meetings organized by ÖMKi. These not only provide new and useful information, but also create opportunities for mutual exchange of experiences with other farmers and professional networking.
Magosvölgy Organic Farm
I have been devoted to organic agriculture for almost 30 years. I eat organic products and I grow them in my garden. I brought this way of thinking from my birthplace, Nagybajom, as this is how we lived in my family. Since then I have been sad to see kitchen gardens disappearing from the countryside, and how rural areas and knowledge are being reduced. I am happy to see, and I support any steps or results that aims to promote healthy, clean eating, to maintain the ecological balance, and to rediscover our long lost regional plant varieties. ÖMKi is excellent in this regard. I think that the work they do is vital now, so that we can leave space in clean and unpolluted world for our grandchildren to live.
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