The Finnish Organic Research Institute
The Finnish Organic Research Institute (FORI) is an expert network operating under the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute and MTT Agrifood Research Finland. The Institute promotes organic food production and consumption throughout the Finnish food chain. Main tasks of the Institute are scientific research, science communication, education and development projects. The research of the Institute is conducted in four fields, that are organic primary production, organic production and the environment, organic foods and organic food and farming and the society.
One of FORI’s mother organization, University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute has over 20 years experience in the development and research of organic food and farming. In a 2010 report, a Finnish Country Brand Delegation appointed by Alexander Stubb and led by Jorma Ollila gave the University of Helsinki and MTT Agrifood Research Finland the task of establishing the Finnish Organic Research Institute, in order to develop the Finnish organic food and production chain based on scientific research and education. The University of Helsinki and MTT Agrifood Research Finland duly established the Finnish Organic Research Institute in late 2012 and the Institute began its work at the beginning of 2013.
The administrative structure of the Institute is a managed expert network consisting some 150 researchers from the University of Helsinki and MTT Agrifood Research Finland. The network is managed by the coordination unit of the Institute, which is located in Mikkeli, Finland.
Partner organizations in Europe
Finnish Organic Research Institute collaborates i.e. with the following organic research institutes in the Europe
- Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming (Norway)
- Centrum för ekologisk produktion och konsumtion (EPOK) – Svenska Lantbruksuniversitet (Sweden)
- ICROFS – International Centre for Research in Organic Food System (Denmark)
- FiBL – Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland, Germany, Austria)
- ISOFAR – International Society of Organic Agriculture Research