IFOAM Position Paper on The Use of Organic Seed and Plant Propagation Material in Organic Agriculture

IFOAM developed and published a position paper on the use of organic seed and plant propagation material in organic agriculture in response to a motion that was passed at the 2008 general Assembly. The paper calls for the growth and greater independence of the organic propagation and seed market, the promotion of co-existence of the formal seed sector and farmer based organic propagation as well as greater use of on-farm testing. It supports initiatives that improve the legal situation for farmer-saved seeds and all other propagation material useful for organic cultivation. It acknowledges variety protection, provided breeder exemptions and farmer’s privileges are guaranteed and for the allowance of non-organic seeds under specific situations.

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IFOAM Position Paper on the Use of Organic Seed and Plant Propagation Material in Organic Agriculture