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20SeedWorldinorDer.ororganic.ruitvegetablesandgraintobecon-sideredtrulyorganicallygrowndotheyhavetogrow.romorganicseedRightnowtheanswertothisquestionisnx19tentirelyclearastheUnitedStatesDepartmento.Agriculturex19sNationalOrganicProgramregulationsallowcertifedorganicgrowerstousenon-organicuntreatedconventionalseed.ortheirorganiccropsi.theyfrstmakeeverye..orttouseorgani-callygrownseeds.Inadra.tguidanceissuedbytheNOPsection205.204statesx1cCerti.iedoperationsmayusenon-organicseedandplantingstocki.organicseedsandplantingstockarenotcom-merciallyavailableinanappropriate.ormqualityorquantityto.ulfllanessential.unctioninorganicproduction.Pricecannotbeaconsideration.x1dThesaleo.organic.ruitandvegetablesintheUnitedStatesgrewby11percentin2009commanding38percento.totalorganic.oodsalesworth26.6billion.Whileorganic.oodpurchasescametolessthan.ourpercento.thetotalU.S..oodpurchasesin2009thismarketsegmentincreasedby5.1percentcomparedtoanincreaseo.only1.6percent.orall.oodpurchases.Thereisnodoubtthatconsumerdemand.ororganic.oodsespeciallyproduceisincreasingthisgrowthprovidesorganicgrowerswithgoodmarketpotentialbutthisdoesnx19tcompletelyequatetoahigherdemand.ororganicseed.OrganicSeedNotonConsumersx19RadarWhenashopperintheorganicsectiono.aKansasCitygro-cerystorebuysabago.carrotsorevenwhentheybuyorganicstrawberriesdirectly.romthegrowerata.armersx19markettheyorganicseedindustryatacrossroadsorganicx15eedgrx12werx15intheunitedstatex15willpx12tentiallyxbacex15x12mehardprx12dx17ctix12ndecix15ix12nx15dependantx12npx12x15x15iblechangex15tx12certifcatix12nregx17latix12nx15.areunlikelytoknoworcarewhetherornottheproducetheyx19rebuyingisgrown.romorganicseed.BarbPerkinsownero.VermontValleyCommunityFarmnearMadisonWis.providesabout1300boxeso.organicpro-ducetothe.armx19s2000memberseachyear.Shesaysallhermem-bersknowtheyarereceivingorganicproducebutnoneaskabouttheseedusedtogrowthe.ruitandvegetablesintheirboxes.Eventhoughconsumersmaynotbeknowledgeableabouttheuseo.organicseedmostorganicgrowerswishtobasetheirproductiononaholisticsystemthatstartswithorganicseed.Howevercommercialgrowersarenx19tcurrentlyabletobuyorganicseed.orallthevarietiestheywishtogrow.SupportNeededforOrganicSeedTheOrganicSeedAlliancearesearchandeducationorgani-zationwithamissiontosupporttheethicaldevelopmentandstewardshipo.thegeneticresourceso.agriculturalseedrecentlyreleasedareportonitsStateo.OrganicSeedproject.Thereportstatesx1cYetevenwiththeorganicindustryx19simpressivegrowththeorganicseedsectorhasnotcaughtuptomeetthisdemand.Thereisalimitedavailabilityo.appropriateorganicallypro-ducedseed.oravarietyo.reasonsincludingcutbacksinpublicplantbreedingprogramslacko.investments.romtheprivatesectorseedindustryconsolidationandongoingdisagreementregardingimplementingNOPrequirementspertainingtoorganicseedamongothers.x1dVitalisOrganicSeedsacompanywithintheEnzaZadenGroupwasestablishedin1994asthefrstU.S.seedcompanyconcentratingexclusivelyonbreedingproducingcleaningand