OSGATA Upcoming Events
- August 5, 2016Student Organic Seed Symposium
As a farmer-controlled organization, OSGATA is dedicated to developing, protecting, and promoting organic seed and organic seed growers.
Passionate about organic seed? Join a national community of organic farmers, seed growers, seed breeders, seed companies, like-minded organizations, and individuals who support the organic seed trade!
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GE contamination is a growing concern within organics. OSGATA's peer-reviewed resource, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity, helps farmers and seed companies maintain genetic purity in organic seed and organic food crops.
The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) is a national non-profit membership organization committed to protecting, promoting, and developing the organic seed trade and its growers, thereby assuring that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of genetic contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.
OSGATA envisions a thriving decentralized organic seed industry that supports organic farms and independent seed companies. The development of a vibrant organic seed trade will result in seed systems suited to ecological, economic, and localized challenges and needs of organic farming at every scale.
GE contamination of organic seed constitutes irreparable harm to the organic seed industry and undermines the integrity of organic seed. Any detectable level is unacceptable. OSGATA's new book, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer's Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing, serves as a one-stop tool to help farmers, as well as seed handlers and seed companies, maintain genetic purity in organic seed. It is available as a free download here.