Organic Seed

Definition - What does Organic Seed mean?

Organic seeds are seeds that have come from plants grown strictly without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

The use of sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering is also prohibited in organic seed harvesting.

When seeds are labeled as organic, it means the seed has a distinct legal meaning. In order to certify a batch of seeds as organic seeds, the seeds must follow all of the USDA’s National Organic Program’s rules and specifications.

MaximumYield explains Organic Seed

The term organic refers to a food or fiber product that has been produced through methods approved by a third-party inspector. Organic practices integrate biological, cultural, and mechanical farming practices that encourage cycling of resources, conserve biodiversity, and promote ecological balance. Organic agriculture does not allow the use of genetic engineering and chemical pest controls.

Some of the regulations state that there should be no harvesting of prohibited substances in the land where the organic seeds are to grow. There should have also been no prior harvests of prohibited substances in the past three years.

Also, the whole operation of organic seed certification must be conducted according to an organic system plan that is approved and regularly inspected by a USDA accredited institution.


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