The LIVESEED project published new reports and results from its research and activities.
Political obstacles to the implementation of the rules on organic seed
We analysed political obstacles to the implementation of the Rules on Organic Seed. The Report on Political Obstacles and Bottlenecks on the Implementation of the Rules for Organic Seed in the Organic Regulation calls for the definition of minimum standards for derogation reports across the EU and also highlights the need for an ongoing and harmonized data collection on the use and production of organic seed as well as on organic production area. Read the report for a detailed analysis of the different types of bottlenecks and recommendations.
Organic breeding initiatives and relevant projects
We also published an overview report on existing organic breeding initiatives in the EU and beyond and an extensive list of ongoing EU and national scale projects that are relevant for organic breeding. The overview of breeding initiatives shows that organic plant breeding activities are carried out by commercial breeding enterprises, social and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-profits, universities and public institutions. Next to breeding, these initiatives are frequently active in variety testing under organic conditions, pre-breeding, research on organic breeding and education. The initiatives cover a wide range of crops with a strong focus on cereals, grain legumes and vegetables.
Outcomes from stakeholder workshops
During the stakeholder workshops in Witzenhauzen (2018) and Nurenberg (2019), stakeholders discussed new concepts and strategies for organic plant breeding and their integration in value chains. Organic plant breeding requires innovative breeding concepts and approaches dealing with technical breeding aspects and broader sustainability aspects – including socio-economic, environmental, climatic and ethical factors. To deal with so many different aspects simultaneously is difficult. Therefore, the systems-breeding approach proposes an integration of four paradigms that currently co-exist: community-based breeding, ecosystem-based breeding, trait-based breeding, and corporate-based breeding. Stakeholders along the value chain discussed their potential roles in these approaches and their involvement in organic plant breeding. They also covered the advantages of bringing breeding to farmers, processors and traders and to society in general.