Scientists are working on a slew of new GMO crops (genetically modified organisms) that, in addition to coming in fun summer colors, will possess exaggerated health-promoting traits, like cancer-fighting pink pineapples and heart-healthy purple tomatoes. Due to significant genetic juggling, the pineapple, created by Del Monte Fresh Produce, is rich in the cancer-fighting chemical lycopene.
GMO crops get a bad rap — I imagine that a diss from world famous scientist Jane Goodall is about as bad as it gets for a GMO. But in the United States, many produce items sold in grocery stores are already GMO, like corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and papaya.
Biotechnologist Gregory Jaffe admits that sometimes GMOs can create unforseen issues by introducing an allergen or harming the environment, but he believes all GMO food currently on the market is safe to eat.
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While they're at it, maybe food scientists could make a pineapple that's a little easier to cut? Just a thought.
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