9 June 2020
Seeds and deeds

Collective plant breeding for reduced input farming

23 June 2020
NFU virtual organic farm walk

Challenges of net zero



29 May 2020
iSAGE Toolbox - How to design it step by step

Safeguard farmers' decision making tool

29 May 2020
Innovative network for promoting pulses as novel protein sources

Case study of the British fava bean food value chain



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Environment sustainability health projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Environmental Land Management Scheme: Test and Trials (ELMS T&T)Defrathe table of projects on the relevant team page.] The project aims to assess the public goods that are being delivered through agricultural practices, across two landscape areas using the Public Goods (PG) tool.
Further Development of Methodologies for Sustainability Assessment and Monitoring in Organic/Ecological AgricultureEkhaga Foundation, SwedenWorking with the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) we are pooling our expertise to further develop methods for sustainability assessment and monitoring for organic farms.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Farm system health in practiceEkhaga Foundation, SwedenThis project uses participatory approaches to work with the established network of example farms in the UK, Germany and Austria to jointly develop a set of criteria (a) for farm health measurement and (b) for practical knowledge multiplication.
PhD programme: An assessment of the environmental and economic impacts of a large-scale conversion to organic farming in the UKThe Progressive Farming Trust LtdThe work proposed will be a policy-focussed series of papers exploring the theme of a large-scale conversion to organic agriculture within the UK and the sector’s relative environmental and economic performance to non-organic/conventional farming.
Developing best practice networks of health in organic agricultural systemsEkhagastiftelsenDeveloping an international network of producers, advisors, scientists and other stakeholders, to jointly elaborate new and interdisciplinary approaches to health measurement and health research in ecological agriculture.
Greenhouse Gas Platform: Data Synthesis, Modelling and Management projectDefra and devolved administration governmentsThe Greenhouse Gas Research Platform is a Defra and devolved administration funded research programme that seeks to improve the accuracy and resolution of our greenhouse gas reporting system for UK agriculture
Reviewing and Developing Health Concepts for Ecological AgricultureEkhaga Foundation, SwedenThe project aims to critically review current health concepts in agriculture, to develop new, comprehensive and consistent health concepts for ecological agriculture.
Development of methodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systems (FSAM)DEFRAA range of UK farming systems will be described. A methodology will be developed, to describe their economic, environmental and social characteristics, from a life-cycle approach to capture inputs, products, outputs and impacts of the systems.
Public Goods Tool (PG tool)DEFRA through Natural EnglandThe OCIS public goods project produced a tool which is designed to provide a simple, measurable and accessible way to show the ‘Public Goods’ that accrue through organic farming systems and the addition of an OELS agreement.