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

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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.
  • “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.