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 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
  • “Especially at a time when plant breeding is fixated on the genome using increasingly complex technical procedures, we need breeders who keep the entire system of plant, soil and location in mind. Organic plant breeding also selects its breeding lines under organic farming conditions and addresses quality issues that go beyond those currently relevant to marketing. This is forward-looking and indispensable for the development of the organic agri-system.”

    Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairman of the Board BÖLW
  • “With our commitment to consistent breeding for organic farming in the area of breeds and varieties, we meet the social expectations of an agriculture and food industry that benefits future generations. In addition, we meet consumer expectations with the production of authentic quality organic regional produce."

    Dr. Christian Eichert, Managing Director Bioland BW and Advisory Board Bioland Handelsgesellschaft mbH
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “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
  • „We do not only need organically propagated seeds and animal genetics. We need varieties and breeds that do not only perform in monoculture with high synthetic inputs, but provide resilience for people and nature in organically managed systems. The solution is diversity based on tradition and innovation!“

    Markus Arbenz, Executive Director IFOAM - Organics International
  • “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
  • “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

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