Our seeds 100% organic
OUR SEEDS FOR AN ECOLOGICAL AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
The Andean area of South America, is one of the most biodiverse in the world, however, Ecuador has had a negligible benefit, despite being the originating area of tomatoes, naranjilla and other species as well as a zone of the rediversification of corn , all or most of the seeds sown by Ecuadorian farmers, come from abroad, this is not only an economic problem, but also an ecological one because these varieties were created for other agri-economic conditions. In Ecuador farmers need to do many applications of pesticides and chemical products to achieve the yields offered. It is also a social problem because the varieties of seeds that come from abroad are not those used in people's food. Take corn as an example: the varieties produced from these seeds are exclusively for animal consumption. This represents not only an attack against Ecuador's food sovereignty but in certain cases may also be an attack against the Constitution of Ecuador to the extent that some of these seeds come from transgenetic origins.
Our seeds solve most of the difficulties encounter in agriculture; they have been generated from Ecuadorian germplasm, adapted to the cultivation systems and soils of Ecuador, as well as respond mainly to human consumption and represent an active collaboration with Ecuadorian food sovereignty. The project was initiated more than 30 years ago, with the participation of farmers, university students in Agronomy and Environment careers, undergraduate and postgraduate thesis candidates, as well as researchers from several countries. Through a scientific team of the highest level, with PhD and post doctorate researchers numerous scientific articles have been published in leading indexed journals. The project is directed by the agronomist, Dr. Rafael Morales, with Masters and Doctor diplomas from the University of Paris, Dr Rafael Morales. His expertise and prestige in this field is recognized in Ecuador and abroad. Additional field tests have been carried out farmers, who at the same time are interested not only in producing the seeds, but also entering into full scale production. In terms of the alimentation industry, there is already a commitment from Industria Lojana de Especerías (ILE), to enter into the conversion and marketing of all products developed from these seeds. ILE is interested in producing aliments that offer an intrinsic high quality, ease of production 100% organic and a total respect of ecology within industrial agriculture.
The products that we have developed of our work are completely original, insofar as there are no transgenic or hybrid manipulations which require large quantities of chemical interventions during their growth season. These varieties have been generated with unique Ecuadorian germplasm; the selection objectives have been chosen by experienced farmers, industrial experts and consumers. During the last 30 years of research the processes have been sufficiently open and known to specialists in the field which has ensures both the originality of the work, as well as the relevance for the soil, the climate and the technical knowledge of Ecuadorian farmers.
For example our tomato seeds are so adaptable that they can even be sown in small spaces in the city without the use of any chemical intervention, thus contributing to a new form of environmentally friendly urban agriculture.
Semi-hard corn is the source of many typical Ecuadorian dishes: tamales, humitas, sango, mote, corn, etc. It has been replaced in warm areas with varieties of imported hybrid corn used for animal consumption; however one cannot prepare these delicacies with these. Rami Llacta proposes a variety of semi-hard yellowish white corn, with which all these delicacies can be prepared, as well as assuring an alimentation for the population, These varieties will give producers an important new produce for the internal market place. They are resistant to all Ecuador’s main existing pests and diseases. In addition they do not require huge amounts of fertilizers and other imported chemicals.