Circular bioeconomy

Natural resources must be utilized sustainably and accommodate future generations, healthy ecosystems and healthy feed and food. Organic agriculture and food systems must, therefore, be based on sustainable and efficient organic cycles and renewable resources. The following research projects funded by CORE Organic addressed circular bioeconomy in organic food systems. 

ProRefine - New Methods for producing high quality feed locally

The project explored refined forage legumes as local sources of protein feed for monogastrics and high quality fibre feed for ruminants in organic production.

SCOOP - Developing intercropping systems with camelina to increase the yield and quality parameters of local underutilized crops

SCOOP focused on intercropping systems aimed at preserving the ecosystem and agricultural land integrity, biodiversity, and food/feed security.

FERBLEND - Fermentation-induced valorization of side stream blends from oilseed and dairy industry

FERBLEND explored innovative solutions for the exploitation of cheese whey and press cakes from seed oil processing through targeted fermentation.

ALL-IN - Alfalfa for sustainable Livestock farming systems: Improve alfalfa-rhizobia symbiosis and New feeding strategy based on ecological leftovers

ALL-IN investigated alfalfa yield and the formulation of a balanced diet for livestock based on alfalfa and integrated with local by-products. 

PROVIDE - Protein and biomolecules sources for nutritional security and biodiversity of bakery products in a circular food system

PROVIDE explored the options to reduce food waste from the processes of food transformation by valorizing byproducts in bakery production.

SureVeg - Strip-cropping and recycling of waste and plant biomass for biodiverse and resource-efficient intensive vegetable production

SureVeg analyzed the use of strip-cropping and fertility strategies, based on recycling of waste, plant-based soil improvers and fertilizers.

FOODLEVERS - Leverage points for organic and sustainable food systems

FOODLEVERS focused on identifying “deep” leverage points, which has potential to further develop and scale up existing innovative organic and sustainable food systems.

Bio4Food - High quality and nutrient rich food through crop waste-derived biostimulant and biopesticide

The project Bio4Food investigated how the fruit- and vegetable production can decrease the use of pesticides, whilst maintaining a profitable crop production.

SysOrg - Organic agro-food systems as models for sustainable food systems in Europe and Northern Africa

SysOrg identified pathways to increase sustainable food production and consumption and developed strategies and tools adapted to local areas in Europe and Northern Africa.