Overall objectives

Producer's aims and consumer's expectation

Cost-efficiency in the organic food chain

Minimising food safety risks

Environmental impact and fossil energy

Major QLIF results mediated in final leaflets

Coordinators and subproject leaders in QLIF have drafted a series of leaflets that gives an overview of major results achieved in the project. The leaflets are free to download (PDF, below) and will also be available in Organic Eprints.

Subproject 1
Subproject 2
Subproject 3
Overview of major QLIF results Consumer expectations and attitudes Effects of production methods Crop production systems
Subproject 4
Subproject 5
Subproject 6
Subproject 7
Livestock production systems Design of processing strategies Transport, trading and retailing Horizontal project activities

Archive of QLIF publications

The open-access archive Organic Eprints is hosting publications, reports and other outcome documents of the QLIF project. Visit the archive or go directly to the QLIF publications.

Final QLIF congress held in April 2009

The 5th and final QLIF congress was organized in conjunction with the 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition held between April 22 and 25, 2009 in Antalya, Turkey. The overall program of the event is available at the congress website.

See also the congress article in the QLIF newletter.

QLIF training Workshops 2005 - 2009

The final QLIF training workshop was held in Driebergen (NL) in January 2009. The theme was "Towards improved quality in organic food production”. This, like the previous workshops, provided intensive days with lectures, discussion, exchange and practical experience in research set-up within organic and low-input food and farming. See the overview of the previous QLIF workshops...

Library of previous QLIF Newsletters

All newsletters issued during the QLIF project are available at the website, e.g., QLIF newsletter no. 7 including articles on:

- Herbs in the diet moderates roundworm infections in organic pigs

- Differences between organic and conventional milk

- Ozone treatment keeps the quality of green leaf lettuce

QLIF contribution to new book on health benefits of organic food

QLIF partners with expertice in consumer science contributed to the book: "Health Benefits of Organic Food - Effects of the Environment", that was issued by CABI in 2008.

Information on contents of the book are found at the CABI homepage.

4th QLIF congress in June 2008

The 4th QLIF congress took place at the occassion of the 16th Organic World Congress in Modena, Italy.

QLIF organized five interdisciplinary workshops that integrated the participants actively in discussion and reflection on major findings of the QLIF project. The outcome and discussion of the five workshops can be followed at the QLIF website during summer 2008.

The series of workshops was opened by QLIF coordinator Carlo Leifert and Danielle Tissot (DG Research, European Commission) whereas Director Urs Niggli from FiBL made the concluding remarks.

QLIF study demonstrates a high level of health beneficial fatty acids in milk from grazing cows

New QLIF results show that grazing cows on organic farms in the UK produce milk which contains significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventional counterparts.

During the summer months, one of the beneficial fats in particular – conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA9 – was found to be 60 percent higher.
The results of the study are published online in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture (see pdf).

See also the press release.

Handbook of organic food safety and quality

The Handbook of organic food safety and quality issued in 2007 provides a comprehensive review of the latest research in the area.

Many of the authors that have contributed to the book are partners or collaborators in QLIF and a range of chapters report results from the project.

See the book outline

Video-clips at the QLIF website

A series of videoclips has now been added to the QLIF website as introduction to the research activities in different subprojects. The vidoeos can be accessed from the individual web-sides as listed under 'Research'. For further information, see QLIF NewsBrief from April 2007.

3rd QLIF Congress, March 2007

The 3rd annual scientific congress of the QLIF project was exellently hosted by the University of Hohenheim during March 20 to 23, 2007. The congress was organized in parallel with the 9th Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture in the German speaking countries and in total more than 600 participants joined the organic conferences in Hohenheim.

During the congress about 50 presentations and posters were given by scientists from all seven subprojects in QLIF. In addition, scientists from other projects were invited and contributed to the programme. Proceedings from the QLIF congress are available:

At the opening of the congress two of the main keynote presentations were given by Dr. Timothy Hall, DG Research, European Commission and professor Dr. Carlo Leifert, coordinator of the QLIF project.

Links to the presentation by Dr. Hall and the summary paper on the QLIF progress are available below.

The role of organic farming research in the context of an innovative and competitive European Bio-Economy
Dr. Timothy Hall, Head of Unit of E4 (Agriculture, Forestry, fisheries, Aquaculture), DG Research, European Commission
[Powerpoint presentation, pdf]

Improving the quality and safety of organic and low input foods and maximizing the benefits to consumers and producers
Summary paper by Urs Niggli (FiBL) and Carlo Leifert (University of Newcastle)


The Integrated Project QualityLowInputFood ended in April 2009.

The project aims were to improve quality, ensure safety and reduce cost along the organic and "low input" food supply chains through research, dissemination and training activities.

The project focused on increasing value to both consumers and producers using a fork to farm approach.

The project was initiated on March 1, 2004. It is funded by the European Union with a total budget of 18 million Euros.

The research involved more than thirty-one research institutions, companies and universities throughout Europe and beyond.

The project is supported by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme.
Overview of EU-research
Sixt Framework Programme