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The State of Organic Seed in Europe

Solfanelli, Francesco; Ozturk, Emel; Zanoli, Raffaele; Orsini, Stefano; Petitti, Matteo; Ortolani, Livia; Schäfer, Freya and Messmer, Monika (2021) The State of Organic Seed in Europe. LiveSeed Booklet, no. 2. IFOAM, UNIVPM, FiBL, Rete Semi Rurali and ORC .

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This booklet aims at supporting the expansion, both horizontal and vertical, of the European market for organic seed. Organic farmers need seed bred specifically to withstand the local and environmental conditions without the use of external, synthetic inputs. The size of the demand, however, does not justify the investment needed, when left entirely to market forces.
This booklet estimates the potential market for organic seed in the EU and any challenges to its full development, and particularly the role played by the current derogation process for use of conventional untreated seed. Also analysed is the lack and inconsistency of information for farmers on what is available and how it meets their needs.
In particular, the study compares and identifies gaps in the use of national databases and annual reports on derogations across Europe, and how these can be modified to provide stronger policy incentives to the market.
Suppliers were interviewed on technical and economic challenges to seed production and farmers were involved in discussions on how organic seed is acquired and used.

EPrint Type:Report
Country:Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Keywords:seed certification, seed industry, liveseed, Abacus, FiBL2006401
Agrovoc keywords:
seed certification
seed industry
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Seeds and breeding
Germany > FiBL Germany - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
Italy > Other organizations
Italy > Univ. Politecnica delle Marche (prev. Univ. Ancona)
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39800, https://www.liveseed.eu/
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:43740
Deposited On:11 Feb 2022 13:34
Last Modified:11 Feb 2022 13:34
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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