GMO Purple Tomatoes To Be Sold In Stores

tomatoIs the public ready for genetically modified, nutrient-packed super-foods in unnatural colors? Via the BBC:

The prospect of genetically modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer. Developed in Britain, large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first 1,200 litres of purple tomato juice ready for shipping.

Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries. The pigment, known as anthocyanin, is an antioxidant which studies on animals show could help fight cancer. The purple pigment is the result of the transfer of a gene from a snapdragon plant.

Scientists say the new tomatoes could improve the nutritional value of everything from ketchup to pizza topping. The tomatoes are part of a new generation of GM plants designed to appeal to consumers – the first types were aimed specifically at farmers as new tools in agriculture.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    notice that none of their assumptions
    $ could improve the nutritional value of everything
    $ give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries
    have been tested or verified
    but I trust evrything scientists say
    cause they’re so honest & trustworthy

    • Sterling Ericsson

      Yeah, I agree, I do trust scientists. It’s thanks to scientists that all the technological advances we have had for hundreds of years exist. I’m actually glad that, regardless of politics, science will always be what it is: facts. Information and facts.

      • Rey d’Tutto

        Trust, but Verify.
        Technology, while relying on scientific methods & discoveries, is motivated by profit (or paranoia), not by ideals.

        • Sterling Ericsson

          True, I mean, that’s why I always look at the funding. That’s why it’s plain to see in climate change studies the scientists that are paid off by companies like Exxon, not to mention politicians.

          Or, for example, Organic Valley and the Organic Consumers Association are big funders of scientific studies. So you always have to be careful and check.

          Though, really, all you have to do is read the science done. If the scientists did something fishy, you’ll spot it, like with Seralini’s paper.

          • Andrew

            Everyone’s funded by somebody. Thus, everyone’s corrupt.

          • Sterling Ericsson

            I don’t believe that. I believe the majority of people, while they would obviously have to be funded by someone though its usually the government or some agency, are neutral enough in their experiments. I mean, the whole point of being a scientist is to find out things about the world.

          • Cortacespedes

            “Biting the hand that feeds” is a good thing at times. Makes the corrupt feeling not so overwhelming.

  • Jane

    I’m ambivalent on GMOs. ‘Golden rice’ (modified to produce Vitamin A & to grow in arid regions w/out needing to be in a traditional paddy) could be extremely beneficial to people in miserable conditions worldwide. The above-mentioned purple tomatoes seem like something you’d see in upscale grocery stores & purchased by people who refuse to buy out-of-season fruit.

    • BuzzCoastin

      gmoz are part of totalitarian farming
      tbe reason for the Viet rice
      is directly related to problems caused by
      totalitarian farming

      • VaudeVillain

        Since the problems already exist, and the optimal solution of never creating them is just off the table: is it possible that things like this could be part of the solution?

        I really don’t know, I really don’t farm, and I really don’t think that’s a question anyone can can a sane, honest answer to. I just get frustrated that nobody even seems to try.

        • BuzzCoastin

          there are ways to grow food
          that sustainable & environmentally friendly

          gmoz belong to
          and are needed by
          totalitarian industrial farming
          which is not sustainable nor environmentally friendly

  • Oginikwe

    No, no, and no.

  • Calypso_1

    I’m going to wait for purple peppers.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Great, they’re making tomatoes that fight the cancer they’re going to give you with all the other crap the put into food(and everywhere else).

  • Sterling Ericsson

    That’s really cool. Instead of purple colored ketchup, we can make real purple ketchup from these and they’ll even be healthier.

    …and healthier ketchup can only be a good thing, considering how much sugar ketchup has in it. :/

  • BuzzCoastin

    mono-cropping, put a lot of the same thing in rows
    bugs like it, everythkng like in one place nice & neat
    this requires pesticides
    bugs develop immunity and get more virulent
    needs more powerful bug spray
    bugs develop immunity and get more virulent
    need even mo betta bug spray
    bugs develop immunity and get more virulent
    need gmoz

    that’s how it works

  • BuzzCoastin

    oic your a moron
    I’m an organic farmer in Hawai’i
    I don’t use pesticides & I don’t monocrop
    instead I create a diverse plant ecosystem
    using circle gardens instead of rows

    there are ways to grow food
    without pesticides, chem fertilzers & irregation
    and without gmoz

  • emperorreagan

    Yup, and you can find the examples where crops and populations collapsed thanks to genetically uniform crops – the Irish potato famine being a good example. Genetic uniformity limits the resiliency of an agricultural system. And the direction of western agriculture hasn’t been just monoculture – it’s been to genetic uniformity.

    If there’s genetic diversity, some varieties will have a resistance to a bug, some might have resistance to a mold, some might be more drought resistant.

    You can see it in animal populations where genetic diversity is limited, too – Cheetahs being one of the famous examples frequently mentioned. Or in the laundry list of genetic diseases associated with in-breeding in general.

    And Buzz’s example is exactly how western agriculture has worked in recent decades. You plant a crop that resists a herbicide and you begin selecting for weeds that also resist the herbicide.

    • Rey d’Tutto

      Yes, Totalitarian Agriculture is very much a Positive Feedback system. Negative feedback loops tend towards balance & mitigation, Positive feedback loops tend to swing from one extreme to the other or simply head off in one direction.

  • Andrew

    Why not just eat some goddamned blueberries!?

  • emperorreagan

    GMOs accelerate the problems of both resistance and genetic uniformity. If, for example, you have a field of a particular crop and spray everything with a particular herbicide to kill the weeds, you’re simultaneously selecting against diversity in your crop while selecting for resistance in the weeds. Of course, if you’re contracting for a specific seed you’re also choosing to eliminate diversity.

    Likewise, attempting to pursue a GMO product like golden rice rather than offering farmers education & support in better agricultural practices is a government choice to pursue genetic uniformity.

    And therein lies the biggest reason I am skeptical of GMO products: governments are forcing them through in strong-arm treaties and through agricultural policy, where other solutions exist. Soil management, water management, crop rotation, diversity in crop, etc. are all much lower cost solutions and can be sustained without high-cost inputs from western tech companies.

    Comparing subsistence farmers with modern agriculture is a straw man. Modern agricultural research encompasses far more than high profit margin chemical and GMO solutions, though those solutions are hardly given the attention (given their lack of profit potential).

    • mannyfurious

      *slow clap*

  • BuzzCoastin

    because of you’re inspid & uninformed response
    I naturally assumed you’re a moron
    USDA organic
    is not organic
    it’s a coop of organic by totalitarian agrokuture
    your buy-in to the prevailing heuristic
    with unexamined credulity
    marks you as a moron
    sorry

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