CORE Organic pilot research projects

The eight joint research projects, which were selected for transnational funding by means of a virtual common pot approach, started in July 2007.

Read more about CORE Organic and the research projects in the leaflet below (PDF). A more elaborate description of each project, results, perspectives and impact can be found on these webpages.

CORE Organic
project information

Read about the CORE Organic research projects below (pdf leaflets).

PathOrganic iPOPY

More organic food for young people (iPOPY):

Project objective

The transnational research project iPOPY (innovative Public Organic food Procurement for Youth) has studied public food serving for young people in five European countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Norway). This has been done to reveal efficient strategies and policies for implementing organic food. In this way, the project would contribute to increase the consumption of organic products in Europe.

Selected main outccomes of iPOPY

Significant consumption of organic food among youth has been achieved especially in Italy, where 40 % (by weight) of organic school food is organic. Public regulations demanding that municipalities should prioritize organic and otherwise certified food (local, typical, fair trade) have been very useful in establishing this situation.

Organic in Italy due to public demand

Italy has successfully improved the quality of school meals over the last decade. Actors from policy and public administration put emphasis on the quality of the used products: they should, whenever possible, come from controlled and certified production.

Organic = sustainable in practice

The project has explored young people's perceptions, preferences, pracites and learning related to procurement and consumption of organic food. All the investigated countries have sustainable developement as a vital learning objective, and organic food is very suitable as a practical as well as theoretical example in teaching sustainablility.

Catering certification

Certification is required to protect consumers' interest and maintain a high credibility in (premium priced) organic food. A European survey with responsse from 17 countries showed that stakeholders involved in certification as well as those in close contact with mass catering practice were not satisfied with the current situation that certification of mass catering is not harmonized in the European Union.

Project ressources

iPOPY final report

Get the iPOPY Final Report (May 2011, 39 pages, pdf)

"Public organic food procurement for youth in four European countries"

Article in ICROFS news No. 2, 2010, p. 3-4

Public food provision has received increased attention over the past decades from policymakers, consumers and citizens. As an example food at schools are increasingly coming into focus of change and innovation agendas. One of the most persistent agendas is the call for more organic foods and organic procurement schemes are developing as a strategic part of policymaker’s tools.

"Increasing organic consumption by school meals – lessons learned in the iPOPY project"

Scientific paper submitted to Organic Agriculture, 2011.

This paper compares school food provision systems and their utilisation of organic food in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and Norway, discussing how various strategies and instruments 
used for organic food procurement in school meals may increase organic food consumption.

Social Dynamics for Sustainable Food Systems (2011)

Actor's orientations towards sustainability in primary production and public consumption. Doctoral dissertation by Minna Mikkola, 2011, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Get the doctoral dissertation.

Project publications in Organic Eprints

Browse the iPOPY publications in the online open-access research archive, Organic Eprints.

Leaflet about the FCP project

Get the iPOPY information leatlet (pdf).

Project website

Visit the project website for further detailed information.



Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming