Organic vegetable breeding

New varieties for the modern breeding conditions on organic farms!

Organic breeding involves both nonprofit initiatives and companies. It takes up to 15 years before a new variety is available. Breeding takes a lot of time, money and work. In order to finance their development work for organic farming, organic plant breeders receive support from dedicated companies, foundations and private individuals, and generate license income.

The task is complex: The selected plants must be wellsuited to the conditions on the organic farms. For 25 years, the seed fund has also been collecting donations to promote biological breeding research (see article).

The new varieties should therefore

  • convert nutrients well
  • show a high resistance to diseases
  • be good at dealing with climate change
  • provide good yields
  • and taste great!

One carrot variety is not enough

Different varieties are required for different forms of organic vegetable growing and marketing:

  • fresh or stored for the grocery retail trade
  • for direct marketing businesses and various forms of solidarity agriculture
  • for processing, for example for canned food or as frozen vegetables

High market demands

The demands of the market are high, so several varieties with different properties are required for each plant species.

Different breeding goals

Organic vegetable growers develop open pollinated, reproducible varieties.

The following initiatives and companies are members of bioverita and active in the organic breeding of new vegetables:

Here you will find a list of all bioverita-certified organic vegetables.