Breeding for Nutrition in Organic Seed Systems Webinar

Watch the recordings on YouTube at

Click the links below to view the recordings:

Part 1: Prospects and Challenges for Plant Breeders, Philipp Simon, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Part 2: Breeding Tomatoes for Increased Flavonoids, Jim Myers, Oregon State University

Part 3: Breeding Corn for Nutritional Value, Walter Goldstein, Mandaamin Institute

Full version of the webinar with all three speakers and discussion

Organic eaters want nutritious food, but some modern breeding programs may be increasing yields at the cost of nutrition. Learn about breeding programs working with classical breeding methods (non-GMO) to breed nutritionally superior crops.

About the Presenters

Philipp Simon is a USDA Agricultural Research Service Geneticist, and a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research on carrot and garlic genetics and breeding is conducted to improve these crops for growers and consumers. Some of his key areas of interest include carrot and garlic genetics and the development of genomic tools and genetic improvement of carrot root-knot nematode resistance, crop diversity and origins, and the nutritional quality and flavor of both carrots and garlic.

Jim Myers holds the Baggett-Frazier Endowed Chair of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at the Oregon State University. He works on a number of crops, including dry and snap bean, edible podded pea, broccoli,
tomato, winter and summer squash, and sweet corn. His main interest has been to improve vegetable varieties for disease resistance and human nutrition while maintaining quality and productivity in improved varieties. Jim is also breeding tomatoes,
broccoli, and summer squash for organic systems. His latest variety release is the high anthocyanin tomato ‘Indigo Rose’.

Walter Goldstein grew up and received his education in Washington State but now lives in Wisconsin. He has bred corn under organic conditions since 1989. He was Research Director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for 25 years. He has recently
begun a research and education organization called the Mandaamin Institute for breeding nutritionally valuable crops and promoting healthy farming practices.\

Additional broadcasts from the Organic Seed Growers Conference can be found at

About eOrganic

The eOrganic website at contains articles, videos, and webinars for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.



Published February 1, 2012

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.