What is organic breeding?


Using methods and techniques that are compatible with the principles of organic farming, organic breeding develops varieties that meet the needs of organic farming.

Breeding takes place with respect for the integrity of the plant – there is no intervention below the cell level (genetic engineering). All the work steps, from the first to the last, take place on organic farms.


The label


Bioverita is committed to increasing the awareness of organic farming and organically bred varieties.

  • in organic farming, organic vegetable and fruit production
  • amongst processors of organic products
  • amongst distributors of organic products
  • amongst consumers of organic products



What is Bioverita?


  • a platform with the most important organic breeders in Europe
  • a platform for varieties from organic cereal, vegetable and fruit breeding
  • a platform for organic product processors and traders interested in organic breeding



Bioverita sees itself as a counterbalance to genetic engineering and the consolidation in the seed industry with fewer and fewer suppliers. The range of organic varieties for organic farming must therefore be increased.

Bioverita is always about organic breeding – whether that is vegetables, cereals, maize or coming soon, apples!

Personal opinions on organic breeding work

  • “Those who want a wide range of varieties, sustainable and resilient food systems and thus food sovereignty, support the organic breeding of animals and plants. The purchasing departments of whole-food companies and the demands of their customers set the direction and express personal appreciation. Let’s take brave steps!”

    Elke Röder, Managing Director BNN
  • “Ecological seed breeding produces varieties that meet the quality requirements of our bakers and processors, and thus consumers. These varieties also promise productive and healthy cultivation for our farmers. The preservation of old varieties is also very important to us in order to protect the valuable gene pool in the long term.”

    Walter Schuch, OBEG Hohenlohe
  • “Seed is cultural property! Without the work of the independent breeders, the variety of our cereals will continue to decline and dependence on a few global corporations will increase. That is why Spielberger Mühle has been supporting and promoting bio-dynamic breeders in their valuable work for a sustainable and diverse future for many years.”

    Volkmar Spielberger, Managing Director of Spielberger GmbH
  • “Coop is the largest Swiss seller of organic products and lives up to the motto “organic right from the start”. It is necessary to invest in organic breeding in order to enable optimal adaptation to rearing animals or cultivation under organic conditions. Only in this way can we offer our customers top-quality organic products.”

    Katja Bahrdt, Coop cooperative Swiss
  • “Organic breeding is the future! Biodiversity, climate, animal welfare, health, clear water, soil fertility – organic breeders offer everything what our world needs . Within one or two generations – organic is the new standard for food and farming.”

    Bavo van den Idsert, Director Bionext-Niederlande
  • “Organic breeders ensure diversity and independence! Variety of food, variety in our farms and independence from the chemical industry through independent breeding in the hands of farmers. Both contribute to the enormous importance of organic breeding for the future of our agriculture and nutrition.”

    Jan Plagge, President of Bioland e.V.