Developing new varieties of open pollination corn seeds for organic human consumption
Organic seeds project blueprint
The DORSE Project : Development of organic seeds
The production of organic corn in Quebec all depends upon the import of seeds from other countries, most of which have been created under conventional farming conditions, and thus not adapted to the following elements: the organic growing procedures, the various pedoclimatic regions in Quebec and their tolerance to persistent weeds. Consequently, those seeds often contain an important GMO contamination rate.
In fact and for the past five years, the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests conducted on corn seeds show great signs of GMO contamination in both conventional non-GMO and chemical-free cultures as well as the ones which have an organic label.