In the Lake Constance region, the Living Lab will look at how to improve the overall sustainability of the organic fruit production value chain by involving local and national organic agriculture associations, regional governmental agencies for agriculture, research associations, consulting agencies, environment and biodiversity institutes.
The region is one of the largest cultivation areas for stone fruits. Additionally, in 2018 the region was named an Organic Model Region (Bio-Musterregion) and has been actively supported with extra regional funds to further develop the organic agriculture sector. Organic fruit production attempts to compete with the growing demand for organic food. A large proportion of organic products consumed in Germany are currently imported, though they could be produced nationally. Furthermore, organic agriculture faces challenges of bio-pesticides and bio-insecticides, which are required to maintain the productivity of fruit cultivation in southern Germany.
In addition, the legal framework conditions concerning digitalised agriculture are not yet developed. Demonstrating interest and demand for digitalised agriculture could push frameworks and policy development further.
Living Lab coordinator: KIT-ITAS