before you ask
I'd like to make a donation - is it tax deductible?
The Mandaamin Institute, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible. You can donate on our online portal on the right bottom button "Donate" or write a check out to Mandaamin Institute and send it to W2331 Kniep Rd Elkhorn WI 53121
What sets you apart from a big Agro breeding program?
We have a completely different approach. We use classical breeding methods as opposed to biotechnology. We specialize in quality over yields. This is a paradigm shift in our thinking of corn being more than a "machine."
When was the Institute founded?
Mandaamin has been breeding corn in Wisconsin since 2011. Walter Goldstein founded the organization after working 25 years as Research Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. He brought with him the corn he had been breeding for organic farmers since 1989.
Why Organic and not GMO?
Because we don't know the side-effects of GM varieties. Organic varieties focus on quality. It is difficult for organic farmers and consumers who want non-GM food to know what they are getting. Organic farming methods require hardier corn plants that can withstand weeds and disease and nourish themselves without the aid of chemical inputs; however, the corn varieties commercially available to organic farmers are from the same breeding lines that were developed for high yield on conventional farms using chemical inputs. Mandaamin is working to enhance the natural capacities of corn so it will perform well in the modern, sustainable agriculture paradigm. There is a a bigger problem: Contamination of organic corn by GM corn is a big issue for the entire organic community because it affects so many feed and food products that permeate our food chain.
Corn is the most productive cereal crop in the world. Nearly 90% of the US corn crop is genetically engineered. Money is behind the GM approach for multinational seed companies. This industry has supporters in governments and universities throughout the world. In universities, scientists are taught that corn is a type of genetic machine that should be altered and patented in order to reap higher profits. We have a viable alternative at Mandaamin