A review of scientific research on biodynamic agriculture

Published on Organic Agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture (BD agriculture) was presented as an alternative form of agriculture by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner and is nowadays considered one of the forms of organic agriculture. The objective of the present manuscript is to critically review international scientific literature on biodynamic agriculture as published in highly ranked journals and to assess its performance.

In Svizzera un evento per i giovani agricoltori biologici europei

"Organic and You(th): Together for sustainable food systems" Il biologico e tu/la gioventù: insieme per sistemi alimentari sostenibili": questo è lo slogan del primo Organics Europe Youth Event che avrà luogo il 31 agosto e il 1° settembre 2022, presso il FiBL di Frick: saranno due giornate entusiasmanti e diversificate con numerose opportunità di networking.

Animal Welfare and Parasite Infections in Organic and Conventional Dairy Farms: A Comparative Pilot Study in Central Italy

The study investigated and compared welfare conditions and gastrointestinal (GI) parasites distribution among organic (ORG) and conventional (CONV) farms in central Italy. Five ORG and five CONV farms were assessed for animal welfare with an adapted version of the AssureWel protocol. Faecal samples collected from the rectum of the animals both in ORG (n = 150) and CONV (n = 150) were analysed using conventional copromiscroscopy.

The Potential of Locally-Sourced European Protein Sources for Organic Monogastric Production: A Review of Forage Crop Extracts, Seaweed, Starfish, Mussel, and Insects

Published in “Sustainability”. Organic monogastric agriculture is challenged because of a limited availability of regional and organic protein-rich ingredients to fulfill the amino acid requirements. The development of novel feed ingredients is therefore essential.

Rese produttive: bio vs convenzionale, il caso dei paesi extra-Ue

Il biologico riesce ad avere rese migliori rispetto all’agricoltura convenzionale? In determinate condizioni sì, lo dimostra uno studio commissionato dall’ente di certificazione CCPB e realizzato dal centro studi Areté srl, che ha analizzato e confrontato le rese medie di numerose culture in una serie di 11 paesi extra-europei. I risultati completi sono stati presentati nel webinar “Rese produttive bio vs convenzionale: il caso dei paesi extra UE” che si è svolto giovedì 8 aprile.

Long-term effectiveness of sustainable land management practices to control runoff, soil erosion, and nutrient loss and the role of rainfall intensity in Mediterranean rainfed agroecosystems

The study is published in the journal Insects. Mediterranean environments are especially susceptible to soil erosion and to inappropriate soil management, leading to accelerated soil loss. Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices (such as reduced tillage, no-tillage, cover crops, etc.,) have the potential to reduce soil, organic carbon (OC), and nutrient losses by erosion. However, the effectivity of these practices is site-dependent and varies under different rainfall conditions.