New OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding


The following new OSGATA  Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding was unanimously approved by the OSGATA membership at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting held at the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference on February 6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR:


OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding

Preamble. Seed is the foundation of crop agriculture. Therefore, establishing principles of organic plant breeding is essential to the integrity of organic systems.

1. Respects Plant Integrity. Organic plant breeding is a process which occurs at the plant level and respects the integrity of plants. It is free of genetic manipulation or other techniques at the sub-cellular level.

2. Supports Genetic Diversity. Organic plant breeding maintains or enhances on-farm genetic diversity as opposed to fostering crop monoculture.

3. Remains Farm Centered. Organic plant breeding must be farm-centric in that a given genetic technique must be of such a nature that it could be performed in a farm setting as opposed to a laboratory.

4. Honors the Public Domain. The ownership of seed resulting from organic plant breeding resides within the public domain.



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