Seed Production and Variety Development for Organic Systems

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By Katherine Adam

Published: 2005

Updated: 2005



16 pages

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Most of the research to develop seed varieties specifically for organic production is in public and participatory breeding, and good technical material from such research is increasingly available. The USDA has also funded workshops to teach farmers the principles of participatory breeding for organics, to increase the availability of organic seed. In 2005, however, although there are breeding programs underway, no seed varieties bred specifically for organic production are commercially available.

Table of Contents

U.S. Seed Summit
How is Seed Produced for the Market?
Issues in Organic Seed Sourcing for Commercial Growers
Two Major Regulatory Issues that Directly Affect U.S. Organic Farmers
Quality Issues in Farmer-saved and -traded Seed vs. Purchased Commercial Seed
The Global Picture
Tubers and Alliums
Handling Issues
Further Resources

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