Private Sector Solutions to Increasing Organic Seed Usage

Tremendous strides have been made in the past decade to increase the availability of organic seed and planting stock, yet greater improvement is needed. Ongoing efforts include improving the regulatory framework to strengthen and clarify organic seed requirements as well as increased investments in research, education, and resources that help collect data on organic seed availability. While much of the problem-solving work is focused in the areas of research, education, and policy, the critical role of the private sector can't be overlooked. This interactive workshop explores private sector solutions to increasing organic seed usage by further developing the relationship and commitment between organic food processors, growers, and seed providers. The panel includes an organic seed provider, organic certifier, policy expert, and plant stock breeder and former organic food distributor. Much of the session will be left for discussion and problem solving.