Source: Nature and More
Wageningen University & Research Centre, a Dutch scientific institute, has investigated the integral sustainability achievements of organic agriculture. The results were published on 7 December 2011 in the report "Perspectief op duurzaamheid" ("An outlook on sustainability"). The report discusses seven aspects of social, ecological and economical sustainability and concludes that innovation is necessary, to rise above paradoxes. "Only integral sustainability is true sustainability," says research coordinator Frank Wijnands. The WUR report in Dutch can be found here: http://www.biokennis.nl/Nieuws.
IFOAM World Board member and entrepreneur Volkert Engelsman welcome the results. As the founder of Nature & More he has been battling for an integral sustainability approach for years. "The results of the study show us that we need a workable model. Our sustainability flower (picture), which was developed by a European think-tank consisting of organic pioneers like Helmy Abouleish from Sekem, offers just that. Through Nature & More we have implemented the sustainability flower since 2004 for more transparency about fresh organic fruits and vegetables," Mr. Engelsmann explains.