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DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress - Session 7 - The US landscape of Organic and Ecological Seed - Micaela Colley,

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"The US landscape of Organic and Ecological Seed" Keynote Speech by Micaela Colley, Program Director of Organic Seed Alliance, USA. The DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress was held in Rennes on 10-12 December 2018.

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DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress - Session 7 - The US landscape of Organic and Ecological Seed - Micaela Colley,

  1. 1. The US Landscape of Organic and Ecological Seed Micaela Colley Program Director, Organic Seed Alliance
  2. 2. ORGANIC FARMS “...The producer must use organically grown seeds...except...non- organically produced, untreated seeds and planting stock may be used to produce an organic crop when an equivalent organically produced variety is not commercially available” (§ 205.204). Seed ORGANIC REGULATIONS
  3. 3. Measuring progress in increasing the availability, quality, and integrity of organic seed available to US farmers Authors: Kristina Hubbard Jared Zystro State of Organic Seed www.sta teo fo r g a n i cseed .o r g
  4. 4. www.sta teo fo r g a n i cseed .o r g Using organic seed for all acreage: 27% (20% in 2011) Increased use over last three years: 31% State of Organic Seed
  5. 5. www.sta teo fo r g a n i cseed .o r g % ORGANIC SEED USED BY CROP TYPE – 2009 VS 2014
  6. 6. www.sta teo fo r g a n i cseed .o r g ORGANIC SEED USE RELATED TO FARM SIZE
  7. 7. www.sta teo fo r g a n i cseed .o r g INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING
  8. 8. PUBLIC ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING
  9. 9. STUDENT ORGANIC SEED SYMPOSIUM (SOSS) AND SOCIETY OF ORGANIC SEED PROFESSIONALS www.soseeds.org
  10. 10. RESEARCH ADVANCEMENT ADDRESSING ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING Weeds: vigor, early establishment, architecture for mechanical control Fertility: nutrient use efficiency, optimum root architecture, early vigor, plant-soil microbial interactions Pest and Disease: resistance, tolerance, genetic diversity Environmental variability: robustness, yield stability, flexibility
  11. 11. NETWORKS FOR PARTICIPATORY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION
  12. 12. SEED AND VARIETY TESTING
  13. 13. PARTICIPATORY PLANT BREEDING
  14. 14. PARTICIPATORY SWEET CORN BREEDING
  15. 15. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
  16. 16. ORGANIC SEED GROWERS CONFERENCE
  17. 17. FOOD AND SEED TRENDSü  PRIORTY ON FLAVOR AND NUTRTION ü  HEALTHY FOOD IN HEALTHCARE/SCHOOLS/ INSTITUTIONS ü  LOCAL/REGIONAL/SEASONAL ü  DIVERSITY/UNIQUENESS ü  CULTURAL PRESERVATION ü  AUTHENTICITY
  18. 18. Learn more: www.seedalliance.org Thank you to the full staff and board of Organic Seed Alliance Micaela@seedalliance.org

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