The first world conference on organic seed is underway, and delegates have been hearing that the limited range of organic seeds is making it extremely difficult for farmers to meet EU organic farming requirements.

Only organically grown seeds may be used in organic production, but only a small range is available, reports Europe Agri.

Although organics has been on the rise for decades, certified organic agriculture represents less than 2% of world farmland (18 million hectares), and half of this is pasture. Retail sales total some US$23m and are growing at 8% in Europe and 12% in the US.