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

  • “Organic breeding is making an important contribution to preserving our biodiversity. Crops, which are particularly suitable for organic farming and locations, are bred in a responsible way. Organic farming is fortunate that there are breeders who take on this important job. We cannot thank them often enough for that.”

    Oliver Alletsee, Managing Director of Bioland Erzeugerring Bayern e.V.
  • “Organic breeding work ensures our genetic diversity and freedom of choice because it is committed to the common good and not subject to the economic interests and power claims of individual companies.”

    Olivia Ruhtenberg, Bioland Erzeugerring Bayern e.V. Professional horticulture advice
  • “Organic farmers need plants that perform well and provide optimal yields under the local conditions of their farm. Artificial enhancement through fertilization and chemicals is neither possible nor desired! Thanks to organic breeding we can get seeds and seedlings that cope well with the conditions on our organic farms. So we not only harvest outer but also inner quality.”

    Urs Brändli, President Bio Suisse
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “So that organic cereal producers can overcome their specific challenges successfully, they also need specially bred varieties. If the available nutrients are efficiently absorbed by the plant and come together in an ideal relationship between yield and quality, then working with organic cereals at the mill is a joy… For this we need organic cereal breeding!”

    Matthias Staehelin, Head of Procurement / Quality swissmill
  • “In organic agriculture we strive to work in a cycle. An organic farming system that supports itself and requires little external input is the ideal. In addition to the soil as a foundation, seed and the genetic potential in animal husbandry are the basis for a healthy system. It is an important goal of organic breeding to help shape this as a farmer and to be in control of it.”

    Stephanie Strotdrees, Organic farmer and Vice-President of Bioland e.V.
  • “We need both efficient organic breeding and breeding for organic farming, which is just as diverse as the organic farms themselves. We need sustainable organic varieties for the Solawi operation and for the food retail supplier: So we do not have to serve mush tomorrow.”

    Martin Koller, Consultant for organic vegetables, FIBL
  • “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
  • “The organic grain breeding work brought us the breakthrough in baking quality for our bakers. Today we have a range of varieties available that meet all the requirements of different locations and processing characteristics.”

    Klaus Wais, Marketing Team for Demeter-Getreide VDE

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