European research collaboration on organic farming
A group of 22 European countries have agreed to form a network to strengthen their collaboration in the financing and targeting of research in organic agriculture and food production. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure the supply of quality products to meet the rising demand on the organic market. The collaboration is expected to support many more transnational research projects over the next four to five years. It is being led by Denmark whose Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has established the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (Tjele). The country expects to have 6.5% of its cultivated area to be under organic farming this year (see this issue).