The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has just released their updated report on the State of Organic Seed for 2016. Building upon an initial assessment of organic seed released in 2011, the 2016 edition of the report synthesizes stakeholder data compiled in 2014 and 2015. One conclusion drawn from both editions: that the supply of organic seed is outpaced by the demand.
OSA affirms that the seed supply situation is improving this time around, however. Research finds increased investments in organic plant breeding are resulting in more organic varieties and more trained organic seed professionals. And a survey of organic crop farmers across the U.S. found that farmers are planting more organic seed than they were just three years ago.
Attitudes towards organic seed are also shifting – according to State of Organic Seed. Organic farmers, by and large, believe that organic seed is important to the integrity of organic food production. They’ve also noted increased quality in organic seed.