Crop protection solutions are urgently needed in the EU to preserve safety and diversity of agri-food products.

Brussels, 15 March 2016 - A newly published study on the socio-economic value of plant breeding in Europe demonstrates strong positive impact on growth and employment, as well as environmental protection and biodiversity preservation.

Curious to learn more about a specific crop? Would like to see facts and figures about cereals, pulses, forage, potatoes, maize, vegetables etc.?

Biotech patents must not extend to plant products from classical breeding

ESA Annual Meeting Vienna

ESA held its 2015 Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 13 October, again bringing together more than 900 seed sector representatives from around the globe, with a growing participation from countries outside of the European Union.

Gerard Backx and Shakeel Bhatti at the ESA Annual Meeting in Vienna

At the Annual Meeting 2015 in Vienna, the European Seed Association handed over a voluntary financial contribution of 300.000 EUR to the FAO Interna-tional Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources in Food in Agriculture (FAO IT).

Garlich Von Essen

The Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty takes place in Rome, from 5 to 9 October 2015.

Voluntary benefit-sharing

We have just launched a new sub-topic on our website under the name “Voluntary benefit-sharing activities of the European seed sector”.

Seed is at the origin of all our food. Every seed is packed with potential and every crop is unique. How are ESA’s crops present in your daily life? From seed to plate, send us your pictures and stories! Your favourite crop can take you to Vienna!


Tree of Life EXPO 2015 Milano

Agri-Food Chain Coalition presents how innovation can fuel a strong and competitive EU agri-food sector to Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan