The position paper on the use of organic seed and plant propagation material in Organic Agriculture was published in response to a motion passed at the 2008 General Assembly.
The paper calls for the growth and greater independence of the organic propagation and seed market, the promotion of co-existence of the formal seed sector and farmer based organic propagation and greater use of on-farm testing.
Initiatives are needed to improve the legal situation for farmer-saved seeds and all other propagation material useful for organic cultivation. Variety protection can be useful, as long as breeder exemptions and farmer’s privileges are guaranteed. The allowance of non-organic seeds under specific situations is desirable.