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Janmaat, L., E. Nuijten and E.T. Lammerts van Bueren. 2016. Fair seed as a basis for organic products: Eosta takes a stand and supports the breeding of open-pollinated varieties. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 4 p.

Number of pages: 4

Type of document: Pamphlet / Brochure

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More information on authors/freelancers connected to LBI :
Leen Janmaat BSc.;
Prof. dr. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren Ph.D.;
E. Nuijten, PhD


Language of document: English

Title in English: Fair seed as a basis for organic products: Eosta takes a stand and supports the breeding of open-pollinated varieties

Abstract / summary in English:

Seed is the basis of food crops, and thus for products in shops, and comes with a long history. Plant breeding is developing rapidly, a fact that raises questions among growers, shopkeepers and consumers. In 2015, for the first time European patents were granted to companies for plant varieties and native plant traits, such as for a tomato variety with more healthy substances and a bell pepper variety that is resistant to pest insects. These patents have caused strong social indignation: the free exchange of seeds and plant material with these advantageous qualities is blocked by these patents. As a chain party, at Eosta we are taking a stand against this and support the free breeding in line with the values of organic agriculture as well as our products. Eosta pursues fair trade in true sustainable products and also makes out a case for a fair basis: fair seed.


Keywords in English: plant breeding, seeds, seed breeding, Eosta, patents, resistance, organic
Fair seed as a basis for organic products