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

  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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