Starting at the Seed Level to Produce Food

May 19, 2023

Seed is the basis of almost all food, which makes certified seed paramount to ensure food quality.

If you don’t have seed, you don’t have food. Almost all the food on grocery store shelves comes from products that started as seeds. While you may not realize that when you’re strolling down the grocery store aisles, there’s a lot you can learn about your food by knowing more about the seed that makes it.

“Nine out of 10 bites of food start with seed. So, right from the beginning, if the seed is not of high quality, the entire crop could be lost. So, all the other inputs and all of the other efforts are lost unless the seed gives you a good start from the beginning,” Todd Hyra, business manager for Western Canada with SeCan, says during the May 17 episode of Seed Speaks.

To produce the seed needed to grow the ingredients in the food you buy, the seed industry puts countless hours into developing and growing it. From seed growers to plant breeders to certification agencies, there’s a lot of people working in tandem to produce the best quality seed.

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