Dow & Monsanto to harness consumers' desire for "healthy eating" to sell GMO fruit & veg
Purple tomatoes may soon join red and yellow ones on your dinner table, spiked with high levels of anthocyanins, compounds found in blueberries that some studies show lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. But do you want that?
The companies and scientists that have created these foods are hoping that customers will be attracted to the health benefits and convenience and overlook any concerns about genetic engineering.
Critics arent so sure. They say there should be more thorough regulation of modified foods, which are grown from seeds engineered in labs, and have called for mandatory labeling of those foods. The Agriculture Department has the authority only to oversee plant health relative to GMOs, and seeking Food and Drug Administrations safety approval is generally voluntary...
Seed giants Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are separately developing modified soybean, canola and sunflower oils with fewer saturated fats and more Omega-3 fatty acids.
[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]How will we know without labeling if we're buying traditional hybrid purple tomatoes or genetically engineered ones, just in case we're concerned at all? Oh, wait... that's the point, isn't it?
And will the seeds be the kind that produce plants that won't reproduce on their own, so that farmers are forced to buy new every year and kept constantly in debt to the suppliers?
F--k Monsanto and Dow. If I want anthocyanins, I'll eat organic, non-GMO blueberries and if I want lycopene, I'll eat organic, non-GMO tomatoes, thank you very much.
PS - And pink pineapple sounds disgusting - like purple ketchup. Remember that marketing flop?
People who desire healthy eating want to know what's in their food, how it was processed, where it came from.
By refusing to label their products GMOs they are lying about wanting to sell this to people who desire healthy eating.