Seed industry: Coexistence is necessary
“Historically if you are developing or commercializing a value-added product, it’s your responsibility to maintain its value through the production process,” Slutsky says. “This is normally done through an identity preservation system. Seed is one of the most highly identity preserved products on the market, because the integrity of seed needs to be very high so that farmers get the products they want.”
Slutsky also says it’s important to recognize that seed producers and growers are dealing with biological systems and some market expectations do not take this into account.
“Inherent in most quality standards is the fact that we are dealing with biological systems and there is no 100 percent or 0 percent in biological systems,” she says.
The principles document was reviewed by ASTA’s Organic Seed, Biotechnology and Stewardship committees in addition to the five ASTA divisions.