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Why buy organic vegetables?

No pesticides, no industrial chemicals – that’s what you can expect from organic produce. And what about the seeds – is that also organic? And what does organic seed mean actually? Voelkel, one of Germany’s leading suppliers of organic fruit and vegetable juices, uses only freshly harvested organic-dynamic vegetables for its aromatic vegetable direct juices. The seed from which these vegetables grow is not hybridised, it will be open-pollinated and fertile. This means that farmers can collect the seed and sow it the following year; in other words they don’t have to buy new seeds every year.

What is open-pollinated seed?

This type of seed is not at all common in today’s industrial states. For instance, a very large share of the plants commercially grown in Germany are hybrids, where the seeds, are either infertile or, if the second generation can be grown, yields are far lower. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statistics show that in the past 100 years around three quarters of the seed biodiversity which had existed in 1900 have disappeared. Many vegetables are commercially available practically only as hybrids. This includes kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli and radishes. Hybrids are created through self-pollination with parent lines which are as different as possible, but because plant breeders select over many years for specific characteristics, such as size, shape, colour or disease resistance, hybridisation results in high-performance, high-yield plants. The positive characteristics, however, often apply only to the first generation of plants, often yield shrinks even as early as the second generation. This means that the seed from hybrid plants can’t be collected, saved and sown from year to year, in other words they are a genetic cul de sac. Farmers become dependent on big agricultural companies from whom they must buy seed year after year.

Support for organic seed propagation


Organic farmers have been working for over 20 years to remain independent of hybrid seed strains, by using open pollinated seeds and growing fertile seed strains. Voelkel supports this endeavour by buying vegetables grown as fertile plants in Demeter quality. (Demeter is a certification organisation for organic-dynamic cultivation in harmony with nature and the environment). The company also strongly supports research and development into seed fertility and open pollination. Driving this approach is the conviction that no-one should be entitled to “own” the knowledge about plant genes in the form of patents. In addition Voelkel believes – as do many organic farmers and gardeners – that vegetables from open pollinated products are more nutritious and taste better. 

What it means for you is that if you fancy ready-to-drink field-fresh vegetable juice, you can make a real contribution to biodiversity by choosing the full aroma of open-pollinated vegetables, for example, Voelkel vegetable juice, carrot and beetroot juice in 0.7 litre bottles in Demeter quality, available in health-food shops. 

 

Information about organic fruit and vegetable juices: www.voelkeljuice.de