BRESOV aims to tackle the nutritional challenges of a growing world population and changing climatic conditions by enhancing productivity of different vegetable crops in an organic and sustainable farming infrastructure. BRESOV works on broccoli, snap bean and tomato as those staple vegetable crops have significant roles in meeting our global food and nutritional security goal, and under organic conditions can contribute to storing carbon and introducing nitrogen improving organic soil quality.
Organic agriculture is based on four principles: health, ecology, fairness and care.
Agriculture is at the cornerstone of our life as it is the source of our food. Organic food promotes the health of people and the planet. Organic agriculture respects ecological systems and cycles. It insures fair conditions to people and other living organisms. Organic agricultures cares about sustainability and the future generations.
(Source: principles of IFOAM)
Organic produces are good for you. They contain less additives. Organic fruits and vegetable contain 180 times less pesticide residues than conventional produces. They also contain more antioxidants. Organic agriculture favors biodiversity and takes care of the soil. It protects the waters and saves energy. Organic soils fix more CO2 and decrease the risk of greenhouses gases emissions making them better for the climate too.
(Source: 100 arguments en faveur de l’agriculture biologique, FiBL).
Thanks to a raise of consciousness in fair production, healthy and sustainable food, the European organic market has increased by 11.4 % and nearly reached 33.5 billion euros in 2016. In some countries, the market share of organic products is approaching 10%. Since 2004, the area of organic vegetable in the world has increased by 4 folds. In 2016, in North America, fruits and vegetable have a market share of 15% - the highest - of organic fresh produce sales. In Europe, organic vegetables have the highest market shares after eggs representing 10% or more of all vegetables sold in the country (Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Germany).
(Source: The world of organic agriculture 2018, FiBL)
One of the concerns raised when discussing organic agriculture is whether it can feed the world. A recent study published in Nature Communications shows that yes, organic agriculture could feed the world on the condition that meat consumption and food waste are both reduced.
(Source: Muller et al., 2017)