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State of Organic Seed
Presenters: Kiki Hubbard, Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance

Join OSA’s Kiki Hubbard and Jared Zystro, and host eOrganic, for a timely webinar on May 17, 2022. Organic seed represents the first link in the organic supply chain, serving as the foundation of organic integrity from seed to plate. Every five years, OSA releases the State of Organic Seed report as a progress report and action plan for increasing the organic seed supply while fostering seed grower networks and policies that aim to decentralize power and ownership in seed systems. OSA recently published a third update to this report. The 2022 report represents 15 years of data that helps the organic community understand trends in organic seed sourcing, organic seed research investments, and more.

There was very little organic seed available when the National Organic Program (NOP) was implemented in 2002. Twenty years later, the organic seed supply has grown tremendously, and certified organic growers are still required to plant organic seed when commercially available. OSA’s newest findings show that most organic growers still plant non-organic seed for at least part (if not all) of their operations. While there’s evidence that organic seed sourcing is increasing among smaller vegetable producers, progress across crop types is generally stagnant. In other words, OSA’s most recent findings demonstrate no meaningful improvement in organic producers using more organic seed compared to five years ago.

May 17, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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