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- Optimal food production: combining healthy soils, healthy crops, and healthy animals.
- Breeding that respects the integrity of our domesticated species but fully utilizes their natural gifts.
- New varieties and breeds with high productivity that meet the stresses and nutritional needs of our world.
This institute is a new non-profit corporation that has been formed by Dr. Walter Goldstein and his friends to work for healthy, productive farming and healthy food. Mandaamin is the Algonquian word for corn/the spirit of corn; Mandaamin means ‘wonder seed.’ The institute intends to focus on developing more nutritious corn and wheat and healthier ways of farming. It will continue, deepen, and broaden the work done by Walter Goldstein for 25 years at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and bring it out into the World.
- Developing corn with enhanced protein quality that provides superior nutrition to the people and animals that eat it.
- Developing corn varieties that are extremely efficient at obtaining nitrogen and other nutrients from the soil, and possibly even fix some nitrogen from the air with the help of endophytic bacteria. Such varieties need less or no fertilizer.
- Breeding corn varieties that avoid contamination from transgenic corn because they utilize natural ‘gametophytic incompatibility’ genes.
- Finding and increasing wheat varieties that do not cause a gluten intolerance response in sensitive people.
Comparison between eggs fed primarily with Mandaamin High Methionine Corn (top) with eggs from chickens fed a normal corn and soy based diet (bottom).
Responsible breeding of our domesticates: The species of domesticated plants and animals that we rely on in agriculture are not gadgets. As manifestations of little understood species, they have abilities to change, adapt, self-regulate, grow, and reproduce that we do not fully understand. They have a long history, rooted in the wild. Their domestication is often wrapped in the mysteries and symbols of forgotten peoples. They provided for and were loved by numerous generations of chthonic peoples and were selected for local needs and preferences.
Human interaction with them unveiled gifts that are important today for our survival and pleasure. Think of the huge range of variation in foods manifested in all the different varieties of corn including popcorn, sweetcorn, corn nuts, field corn, baby corn, etc. Wild corn (teosinte) does not even have a cob, and is relatively uniform in its appearance. Scientific breeding: Starting a couple of centuries ago, breeders applied a new, scientific understanding of biology to improve our domesticates further. Such breeding emphasized selection for efficient production and resulted in large improvements in yields. Improvements in yield made it possible for expansion of the human population and averted famines.
On the other hand, one-sided breeding led to imbalances. There were often reductions in quality. The lack of quality goes further than grain and we recognize this trend. It's those animals who eat these grains who are affected by lower standards as well...
Cows and turkeys: In the case of animals the quality of life may have been reduced. Think of the modern Holstein milk cow with a huge capacity to produce a watery milk, but an expected life span of only 4 years, due to factors such as: a weakening of the ability to reproduce, increased disease including mastitis and lameness, and demand for very high milk production and economics.
In the case of commercial turkeys, the tom’s oversized breasts full of white meat make them too large to mate naturally without crushing the turkey hens, and also predispose them to heart disease. Reproduction is limited to artificial insemination.