Genetic Engineering Helps Increase Availability of Improved Organic SeedsOctober 23, 2019
Mordor Intelligence reports that the global market for organic seeds was valued at USD 1,651.5 million in 2018 and is projected to reach a compound annual growth rate of 12.7% from 2019-2024. Polaris Market Research predicts that the global organic seed market will reach USD 5.35 billion by 2026. The increased availability of improved hybrid organic seeds could be attributed to molecular techniques such as cisgenesis and transgenesis used by several industrialized countries. The increasing demand for naturally derived products is the main reason that is expected to drive the organic seed industry over the next couple of years.
Certification as organic producer is granted to farmers who use formerly grown seeds except for non-originally or non-formerly farmed untreated seeds. The planting stocks can also be used for the production of an organic crop only when an equivalent organically bred variety is not available commercially. In some industrialized countries, organic plant breeding in several industrialized nations has been increasingly employing cisgenesis and transgenesis. Although genetic engineering is used to develop seeds and organic farming is used to grow crops, some countries such as the USA prohibit the use of GM seeds to make organic products.
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