The State of Organic Seed

Find out what our survey revealed about organic seed trends at more than 200 mail-order seed companies.
By Shelley Stonebrook
April/May 2011
Add to My MSN

About 75 percent of the mail-order seed companies we surveyed plan to increase their organic offerings, and more than half said their customers prefer to buy organic seeds over conventionally grown seeds.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/PETRA LOUISE


Content Tools

Related Content

Sun Powers More Than Rice Fields

Lundberg Family Farms announces the opening of a new warehouse that is powered by 100% solar energy....

Organic Garden Seeds

Organic seeds have benefits for your garden. Learn what our expert recommends and how to find organi...

Kasco Mfg. of Shelbyville, Ind., Announces the Acquisition of Herd Seeder Corporation

Kasco is excited to offer these outstanding products to our own line of grain drills and overseeders...

Organic Pioneers Urge Consumers to Get Mad--and Get Organized--About GMOs

As organic industry leaders urge consumers to take action against GMOs--the biggest threat the indus...

We recently surveyed more than 200 mail-order seed companies from across the United States and Canada about how much organic seed they offer, how important organics are to their customers, whether they plan to offer more organics in the future, and what limitations they face in meeting the latter goal.

The response? Companies and customers alike are enthusiastic about organic seeds. About 75 percent of respondents plan to increase their organic offerings, and more than half said their customers prefer to buy organic seeds over conventionally grown seeds. However, many companies report that they face a few challenges in trying to increase their organic offerings. Many say they’re committed to offering all non-genetically modified, untreated seeds grown without pesticides, but sometimes their seeds aren’t certified organic.

Another challenge is finding consistent sources of high-quality, certified organic seed. The survey revealed a trend of companies seeking local suppliers for their organic seeds, in part to simply support local growers, but also because regionally grown seeds are well-adapted to their area. Some companies even reported that supporting local growers is more important to them than sourcing certified organic seed.

Check out the full organic seed survey report, which includes a list of seed companies with at least 25 percent organic stock and a list of regional resources for growers interested in producing organic seeds to sell to seed companies.


Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.