Organic cultivation also means: no use of genetically modified seeds. This protects groundwater, soil and climate and consequentially also biodiversity. Standardization of seeds, on the other hand, results in the reduction of biodiversity because GMOs are concentrated in the hands of only a few corporations (Gentechnik-Forum 2018, Sprink).
Furthermore, the new properties of genetically modified plants can spread incontrollably. The use of GMOs may also lead to unwanted resistances in crops, weeds and insects. One example in case are glyphosate resistant super weeds.
With initiatives such as "GENFREI GEHEN - march for a GMO-free world", "FOODprint" and the GMO Forum, Rapunzel actively campaigns for a world without genetic engineering. In addition, Rapunzel financially supports Save our Seeds (SOS) and IFOAM.
With the development of our seedfast "Mauro Rosso" tomato variety that was bred from organic seed we took another important step towards the independence of organic farmers from big seed monopolies and for the protection of the diversity of varieties. Because in tomato growing hybrid plants are used about 80% of the time. Compared to seedfast varieties the farmers cannot reproduce hybrid plants on their fields.
Until now, the UN failed to achieve their goals for the protection of biodiversity. Therefore, new goals will be set in the fall 2020 at the 15th UN Biodiversity Conference in China. For us, it is clear that any goals can only be achieved if everyone acts accordingly. It is important to stand up for biodiversity not only on the international day of species conservation on March 3rd. It already makes a difference if you eat an organic apple instead of a treated apple!