We supports the following projects and organizations in organic agriculture and environmental research:
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) is a leading, independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture. FiBL’s research team works together with farmers to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts. Alongside practical research, FiBL gives high priority to transferring knowledge into agricultural practice through advisory work, training and conferences. FiBL has offices in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Brusels (FiBL Europe) and numerous projects and initiatives in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Organic Farming Research Foundation
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 with the goal of advancing organic agriculture through scientific research. As a leading champion of organic farmers across the U.S., OFRF works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems by cultivating organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. Through these efforts, OFRF is creating a more resilient and sustainable agricultural system that values healthy environments and healthy people.
For over 70 years, the Rodale Institute, with 333 acres in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, has researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing its findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. Rodale Institutes more than 30-year ongoing Farming Systems Trial® is the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods. One of its major findings? Organic yields match conventional and outperform them in years of drought and environmental distress. New areas of study include rates of carbon sequestration in chemical versus organic plots and new techniques for weed suppression. In addition, from field days, to workshops, to exclusive online tools for farmers and original articles, Rodale Institute has been sharing its findings with farmers, scientists, policymakers, gardeners and consumers the world over.