About ECO-PB

The Goal

The European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB), founded 20th April 2001 in Driebergen (NL), pursues...

  • providing a platform for discussion and exchange of knowledge and experiences.
  • the initiation, support of organic plant breeding programmes,
  • the development of scientific concepts of an organic plant breeding
  • the provision of independent, competent expertise to develop standard setting with respect to organic plant breeding

The Principles

The European Consortium for Organic plant breeding (ECO-PB)...

  • commits itself to the principles of organic agriculture as laid down in the IFOAM Basic Standards and EU Regulation (EEC) 2092/91
  • is member of IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
  • offers full membership to all organisations that are actively and predominantly engaged in the development and promotion of organic plant breeding or organic agriculture
  • offers supporting membership to all persons and organisations predominantly engaged in organic agriculture and complying with the objectives of the association

The Tasks

  • carry out meetings on organic plant breeding issues
  • work out a sound concept based on principles of organic agriculture as a basis for organic plant breeding
  • set up organic variety trials on cereal and vegetable crops in different countries in Europe to study how they perform under different conditions
  • set up research projects on organic plant breeding
  • raise funds for projects and ECO-PB's work
  • providing discussion paper on plant breeding issues to support the decision making process