IFOAM Position on The Use of Organic Seed and Plant Propagation Material in Organic Agriculture
September 22, 2011 IFOAM Position on The Use of Organic Seed and Plant Propagation Material in Organic Agriculture
The IFOAM World Board have 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 farmerís privileges are guaranteed and for the allowance of non-organic seeds under specific situations.