BRESOV, a sister project of LIVESEED focusing on breeding for resilient, efficient and sustainable organic vegetable production, has recently published a Position Paper “What do bean, broccoli and tomatoes have in common? Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable production (BRESOV)” European Seed Magazine, edition February 2019 (pp.10-11). The consumption of organically grown vegetables is increasing to the extent that in the European Union, demand for organic produce currently outstrips supply. Yet, most of the varieties used in organic farming in Europe have not been specifically developed for organic farming systems. Therefore, BRESOV will explore solutions for organic producers
by Judit Fehér (ÖMKi) on the National Workshop in Hungary, 12th March 2019: Organic seed is the basis for organic farming. In spite of this fact, the organic seed supply of organic farmers is quite problematic in the whole EU and also in Hungary both regarding quantity and variety assortment. Currently, Hungary – being an internationally acknowledged leading seed producer country – sells organic seeds primarily to European export markets at an amount exceeding several times the needs of the Hungarian farmers. There is a huge potential in the sector both regarding the development of the Hungarian market and increasing
The first LIVESEED booklet, “How to implement the organic regulation to increase production & use of organic seed”, has been published. It is divided into 3 main sections: Policy measures (from incentives to organic seed production & use, to practical implementation of organic regulation) Organic Seed Databases (national databases & EU Router Database) Alternative sources of organic seed (from farm-saved seed to Organic Heterogeneous Material) Practical examples from various EU countries help to illustrate how the organic regulation or measures to increase organic seed production and use have been successfully implemented. You find the booklet in the Publications section of
BioFach Organic Fair, Nurenberg, Germany, 13-16 February, 2019 In 2019, the LIVESEED project will have a stand at the “Organic right from the start” exhibition and conference space. This exhibition goes along with a colourful program on organic breeding. For a full overview of the exhibition calendar, please visit the following BioFach page: https://www.biofach.de/en/events/2/organic-right-from-the-start/691458 Workshop on organic plant breeding in a system–based approach – Tuesday, 12th February, 13.00-17.30, Room Athens, NCC Mitte, 1st Floor As part of LIVESEED, IFOAM EU, the Louise Bolk Institute (Netherlands), and FIBL Switzerland are co-organising a workshop to discuss what concrete engagements stakeholder groups across
The LIVESEED farmer survey is investigating farmers’ experiences with organic seed. The data obtained will serve as a basis to conduct further research on organic plant breeding and seed production. As a farmer, you are invited to respond to the online survey on your experience and opinion on organic seed / propagation material and plant breeding. By completing it, you will have a say on research and policy needs in this field. The survey, drafted by the Organic Research Centre (ORC) in the UK in cooperation with a large number of partners in different countries and carried out within the LIVESEED project.
For 3 days (4-7 June 2018), participants of the LIVESEED cross-visit exchanged knowledge about organic seed production in Maisse, France. The organic seed producer UBIOS opened its doors to 20 participants from all over Europe. ITAB invited seed producers from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece who had the chance to visit the seed cleaning station. A short report was now published on this website, introducing the concept of cross-visits within LIVESEED, coordinated by IFOAM EU to demonstrate and promote smart practices in organic seed production. The report covers impressions of the participants, proposed topics to be
As a seed supplier or breeder you are invited to participate in a survey on the status quo of organic seed production in Europe. LIVESEED is aiming to reach seed producer, trader and breeder of organic and conventional seed in Europe and Switzerland, to get a better idea of the current status and motivations in seed produciton. Information on the survey: The survey is divided in two parts. In the first part we are interested in your evaluation on opportunities, risks and challenges towards organic seed production and breeding. In the second part we are aiming to collect missing data
The organic seed producer, and LIVESEED partner, Vitalis presents his demofields with the complete field programme, standard and new varieties of: lettuce, endive, cauliflower, leek, fennel, pumpkin, radish and more. You are invited to visit the demofields. They are open from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th of September. Please make an appointment beforehand. More information is available on their homepage
Like in the past years, TP Organics launches a Call for Organic Innovations to collect solutions that contribute to the transformation of European food & farming systems, based on organic and agroecological principles. Such solutions should contribute to one of the following goals that TP Organics wants to see achieved by 2030: 50% of European farmland managed according to organic and agroecological principles; 75% pesticide reduction; Increase in (on-farm) biodiversity; 100% animal welfare; 50% food waste reduction and 100% sustainalbe diets. These goals are part of the Mission, that TP Organics has proposed to be funded by Horizon Europe, the EU’s Framework
Fruit experts are invited to the breeding station of PomaCulta in Hessigkofen, Switzerland. on Wednesday 5th September from 14 -16.30 h. The apple plantation with the different selections will be visited and explained. Please register beforehand, more information can be found in the invitation. The event is planned in German language but on demand translation into English or French will be possible.