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Publication . Article . Conference object . 2013

Organic seeds and plant breeding: Stakeholders' uses and expectations - French inputs on vegetables

Frederic Rey; Nicolas Sinoir; C. Mazollier; Véronique Chable;
Published: 28 Oct 2013
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France

All organic agricultural systems suffer from a lack of plant cultivars adapted to organic production. Within the framework of the European project SOLIBAM (Strategies for Organic and Low Input Breeding and Management) a study was undertaken to determine which cultivars farmers grow, why they grow them, and the expectations in plant breeding of organic stakeholders. A comprehensive range of investigations carried out between 2010 and 2012 provided information on the state of organic seed in France. Results fit with the hypothesis that the market is a significant factor influencing the choice of seeds and cultivars (local cultivars, landraces, modern cultivars). Expectations and practices of producers selling on a local market (i.e., direct sale) differ radically from those of producers selling to long food supply chains. This study shows that the availability and use of organic seeds have significantly improved over the last three years. A vast majority of organic producers willingly use organic seeds, with, on average, 45-70% (cereals) and 75%-100% (vegetables) of organic seeds being planted on farms. However, the total number of derogations remains quite high: there is still space for improvement in organic seed use and supply in France. Several limiting factors and levers were identified during the study, as well as farmers' expectations for the future on horticultural crops. The case study on tomatoes states the differences between producers selling on a local market and those of producers selling in long food supply chains regarding their practices (open field vs greenhouses) and the kind of cultivar they use or wish to have.

Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Cultivar Low input Greenhouse Plant breeding Food supply Agricultural science Horticultural crops Agriculture business.industry business Organic production


organic seed, horticulture, limiting factors, farmers' practices, tomato, [SDV]Life Sciences [q-bio]