Tuesday, February 2, 2010

GM tomato boasts 45 days of freshness

This is being presented as a good thing but I'm not so sure. The Daily Mail reports that researchers at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research in New Dehli have discovered that surpressing two enzymes, known as A-Man and B-Hex, in tomatoes can extend their shelf-life to upwards of 45 days. I suppose this is good news for farmers who lose chunks of their harvest due to rotting but on the other hand, these genetically modified seeds/organisms will undoubtedly be controlled by some corporation (we hate), will be expensive for farmers, fuel the industrialized food market, and their use could lead to tougher tomatoes with further diminished taste and nutritional value. Ugh.


jhardin said...

most definitely a bad thing. but until we begin to subsidize local farming efforts, the profit incentive will always favor big corporate agriculture.

Amy said...

if the taste is lost, who cares if it lasts 45 days? i mean really, i like a "fresh" tomato as much as the next gal, but i'm not willing to sacrifice on taste for the sake of a few extra weeks of use....blech.