Changes to EU organic regulation triggers grow local research for feed

A new EU-funded project has been launched to help organic pig and poultry farms achieve the goal of 100 percent use of local organic feed.

Research partners from 11 countries throughout Europe visited the Organic Research Centre in Berkshire recently to launch the project.

The project called ‘OK-Net EcoFeed’ was largely triggered by the potential end of an EU derogation, which currently allows the use of 5% non-organic protein feed for pork and poultry.

One important element of organic farming is that animals are fed with feed produced at or near the farm, however, this is difficult to achieve in large parts of Europe.