Seeds and Organic Certification

Rob Johnston Jr. rob at
Thu Dec 13 12:18:55 EST 2001

    We stay in touch with the National Organic Program about this
topic.  The standards say that you have to use organically grown seeds
if an equivalent variety is commercially available.  How do you
interpret that?  Good question.  The USDA (NOP) doesn't know, and admits
that the language is vague.  They plan to attempt to clear it up at a
meeting in March 2002.

Robert L. Johnston, Jr.
Johnny's Selected Seeds (
 Post:  RD 1  Box 2580, Albion, Maine  04910  USA
 Fax:   1.207.437.2422 (alternate= 1.207.437.2165)
 Telephone:  1.207.437.9294

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