European agriculture faces increasing restrictions on the use of external production inputs, such as artificial fertilisers, pesticides and antibiotics. Organic farmers have experience in dealing with these issues, which is why organic farming may open new avenues for soil management strategies, weed and pest control, and livestock health and wellbeing, for other organic farmers and conventional farmers. The organic sector has a tradition of close collaboration between farmers and researchers, with farmers and on-farm testing at the heart of this collaboration.
This brochure offers some examples of potential solutions inspired by organic farming. It also highlights the importance of collaboration and of exchanging knowledge between farmers, researchers, advisers and others, through Operational Groups but also in broader (European) networks.