Paul Josef Mäder: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Dr. Paul Josef Mäder
Forschungsinst. für biol. Landbau
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0972-00LIntroduction into Organic Farming Systems Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 110
3 credits2VP. J. Mäder, D. M. Dubois, B.  Oehen
The students shall:
- be familiar with the basic elements of ecological farming systems,
- be able to make comparisons between farming systems (organic, integrated, conventional)
ObjectiveThe detailed learning goals will be up-loaded to Moodle.
ContentPART I: Lecture: Introduction in Organic Farming Systems

1. Roots of organic farming, historical development of farming systems, share of organic farming in Switzerland and Europe
Basic principles and requirements organic farming and critical analysis

2. Soil fertility - Results from long-term trials

3. Reduced soil tillage
Non-chemical weed control

4. Sustainable crop rotations
Organic fertilisation concepts

5. Plant protection: Regulation of diseases and pests

6. Increasing biodiversity
Organic breeding strategies and variety selection

7. Animal friendly husbandry and respective standards, production of label beef
Sustainability and animal welfare

8. Animal health and complementary veterinary medicine

9. Food quality: Standards for production and processing, organoleptic quality, latest meta-analyses on food quality in organic farming
Agricultural and nutrition policy

10. Market development of label production IP and Organic

11. Multifunctionality of organic farming
Visions for organic farming (Bio 3.0)

12. Sustainability assessment of organic farms

13. Examination (multiple choice and written test, case study)
Lecture notesPower Point presentations on Moodle for registred students

Scripts on Moodle for registred students
Otto Schmid and Robert Obrist Robert (2001): Biologischer Landbau. Landwirtschaftliche Lehrmittelzentrale, Zollikofen, 267 pp (in German)

Nic Lampkin Nic, Measures Mark and Padel Susanne (2006): Organic Farm Management Handbook. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 240pp
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture (701-0972-00L FS 2018) is recomended for the participation in the second part en bloc "Comparison of ecological farming systems" 701-0974-00L FS 2018.

The lecture can be taken alone without the second part.

Conditions for the credit points is a test.

Lecture (Part I): 13 times 2 weekly lectures (3 CRPT)

Second part en bloc (Part II): One study week with excursions, exercices and workshops (end of spring semester) (3 CRPT)