The aim of the Biofach special show is to demonstrate what organic breeding has achieved to date and where further development work is still needed so that organic farming can continue to maintain its independence in plant and animal breeding in terms of varieties and breeds, in the future. The content is designed by bioverita and bundles numerous breeding initiatives, including the IFOAM Seed Platform.
Organic breeding for independent organic farming
For organic farming, plant breeding is of paramount importance. Markus Johann, CEO of bioverita, says, "Organic farmers depend on varieties that produce good results without the support of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Varieties that meet the requirements of organic farming and organic producers are far from being available for all crops. And where they are available, it is far from certain that this will continue to be the case in the future.
"Through the work of the organic breeders, the independence of the organic movement is promoted and a counterpoint is set against the increasing power concentration of the seed multinationals.“
"An important component of a sustainable way of thinking are varieties that have been specially bred for organic farming," Johann continues. The varieties from organic breeding should result not only in high and stable yields. They must be able to transform the restricted nutrients in the soil very efficiently into the best possible quality, have a high resistance to diseases and pests, yield good straw yield, form strong roots and exhibit good processing and baking quality. For this reason, the development of new varieties that combine excellent quality with the best suitability for organic farming is of great importance.