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

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • „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
  • “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
  • “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