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European Seed Association

ESA European Seed Association is the voice of the European seed industry, representing the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species.

Today, ESA has more than 35 national member associations, from EU Members States and beyond, representing several thousand seed businesses, as well as more than 70 direct company members, including from seed related industries. HZPC encourages this iniative and proudly supports where possible. 

Mission

ESA’s mission is to engage on behalf of its members with all relevant European decision makers in order to represent their interests and to contribute to a

  • fair and proportionate regulation of the European seed sector;
  • freedom of choice for customers (farmers, growers, industry, consumers) in supplying seeds as a result of innovative, diverse technologies and production methods;
  • effective protection of intellectual property rights relating to plants and seeds.

Importance to HZPC

The potato plant is very important to HZPC, since it is the reason for the existence of our company. Seed is at the origin of all our food. Without plant breeding, many of the foods we consume today would not even exist or they would at least not be that healthy or tasty. 

Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC, explains the importance of the potato plant:

“With only a few stems and leaves, the potato plant is a fascinating plant with many possibilities, but it still has a lot of secrets as well. We try to discover and exploit these secrets to meet our mission as complete as possible: contributing to the development of responsible food for a growing world population.”
 

The potato plant is a fascinating plant with many possibilities, but it still has a lot of secrets as well.

Gerard Backx, CEO HZPC