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
  • “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
  • “Only if we offer people food from biologically efficient, regionally adapted and varied plants, do we ensure optimal nutritional quality and food security. For this we need plants that cope with the changing climate and endure extreme weather conditions. Organic seed is an important guarantor of such plants and of the economic independence from international seed companies.”

    Dr. Alexander Beck, Managing Director of AöL
  • “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
  • “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