Wednesday, October 29, 2008
More Frankenfood Just in Time for Halloween
Photo from Yahoo.ca
I woke up to this news this morning.
So, it turns out that scientists have created a Genetically Modified (GM) tomato that allegedly 'contain higher levels of antioxidants' that came in the form of anthocyanins (found in raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, as well as some other fruits). Apparently these antioxidants 'helped prolong the lives of cancer-prone mice'.
One might ponder why in the world would someone tamper with Mother Nature when there are already foods with these constituents in them. Well, the article goes on to say:
'While eating these fruits can provide a health boost, most people do not consume enough of them, the researchers said. They said the successful transfer of the antioxidants to the tomato - a more commonly consumed fruit - could help provide the benefits to a wider range of people.'
Instead of encouraging people to eat more of the foods that naturally have these antioxidants, it is so much more profitable for biotech corporations to craft more Frankenfood.
To read the rest of the article, click here.