The new EU Organic Regulation 2018/848 will apply from 1 January 2021. By January 2036 it will phase out the option for farmers to use untreated conventional seeds, if organic seeds are not available. While this creates an opportunity for the organic seed market to develop, farmers might face a restriction in the choice of varieties if the challenges to use organic seeds are not resolved.
To identify the challenges ORC, as a partner of the LIVESEED project investigated factors encouraging or discouraging farmers to use organic seeds. This research is the first to consider the farmers’ point of view by surveying 839 certified organic farmers across 17 European countries and all crop sectors.
The survey revealed that the following factors are influencing organic seed use:
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