When you buy organic seed, you have the assurance that the seed was grown without synthetic chemicals and you are supporting farms and companies that are committed to organic agriculture with your purchase.
The importance of organic seed is often overshadowed by the importance of organic food; since food goes directly into our bodies, the methods by which it was produced feel more pertinent than the methods by which seed is produced. But whether or not seed crops are grown organically does have a significant impact on the environment and health of the surrounding communities.
Most crops grown for seed take longer to mature than food crops – the plant must go through its entire life cycle before seeds are mature, and even then there is often a period of curing or drying before seeds are ready to harvest. This lengthy process results in a greater window of time during which any number of pests and diseases can destroy the seed crop. In conventional seed production, pesticides and fungicides are applied, often at much higher levels than are allowable for food crops.