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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

Genetically modified tomatoes with added nutritional value could soon find their way in to supermarkets.

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Despite a general lack of consumer interest in any food that has been genetically modified, the new purple-hued tomatoes are being touted as an improvement over traditional red tomatoes due to the addition of anthocyanin, an antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:46 PM

This is interesting. Too bad they don't say which tomatoes they use. Not all purple tomatoes are GMO, some of them are bred.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:31 PM

So is purple ketchup next? :D

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 27 January 2014 - 04:31 PM, said:

So is purple ketchup next? :D

I somehow doubt it, lol. People are getting used to drinking oddly colored juices, but I'm pretty sure they still like their ketchup red. Heinz tried the other colors of ketchup a few years back and it ended up being a failure. Of course, they dyed the ketchup instead of using colored tomatoes.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:03 PM

Buono! Tomato buono tomato, buono, buono, ooh! Tomato! Aka agete midori sagete!? Tomato-mato-mato, hn.
(Delicious Tomato Song) I love tomatoes. Espcially with salt. I hope colour doesn't affect taste. ^-^


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

I'm leery.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:14 AM

No thank you.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:18 AM

Yeah man!


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:23 AM

I have no problem with GMO flowers like Suntory's blue rose, but the food supply is another matter. I realize that we have been modifying plants for centuries by hybridization and that we have to feed an ever larger human population, but we are experimenting on a whole generation of consumers, saying that it is harmless. We already have many food borne allergies and digestive issues, genetic manipulation may compound this and who knows is there are potential cancer risks associate since that may not show up for decades?


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

And in twenty years we will be seeing a new generations of doctors yelling and b****ing about how these purple tomatoes caused cancer to rise 75% in three years...


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:33 AM

View PostChild of Bast, on 27 January 2014 - 04:31 PM, said:

So is purple ketchup next? :D

Believe it or not, purple ketchup has already happened.
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I remember it was around when I was a kid it was around. It was a flop and didn't last long.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 05:19 AM

View Postrashore, on 27 January 2014 - 03:46 PM, said:

This is interesting. Too bad they don't say which tomatoes they use. Not all purple tomatoes are GMO, some of them are bred.
I thought changing them through creative breeding was genetically modifying them too...

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:33 PM

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:55 PM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 28 January 2014 - 05:19 AM, said:

I thought changing them through creative breeding was genetically modifying them too...
It is, and while I'm unclear on the processes that are really being used in the new GMO, it's clear that it would be difficult to create some of these changes using simple splicing techniques.

I think what bothers me the most is the secrecy that surrounds what they're actually doing to corn, wheat and other large crops. Trade secrecy is important to some extent to protect yourself from competition but it also scares the living bejeezuz out of an already paranoid population. Back in the day if I ate at McDonalds I knew I was rolling the dice a bit when I chose to eat that stuff. But when I buy a head of lettuce and a tomato at the market do I really have to start asking what's in it?


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:22 PM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 28 January 2014 - 05:19 AM, said:

I thought changing them through creative breeding was genetically modifying them too...

That is true, however now we have the ability in insert genetic material from bacteria, fish or other animals, unrelated plant species, and so forth which goes far beyond selective breeding. At one time I believe they inserted genes from the Arctic Icefish into Tomato plants to make them more cold tolerant. I do not know if they were ever put out for human consumption.  

Look up the Suntory Blue Rose (although as of yet it's not a true blue). Breeders have been trying to get the color blue into roses for some time, but the pigments needed to express blue in a flower do not occur in any known rose species, so selective breeding was useless. So they inserted the genetics to express blue from an unrelated plant, (I think they used the RNAi as a transport mechanism but am not sure). It did not quite turn out a true blue, more of a mauve, but by having these genes in the genus Rosa now it provides a starting point to selectively breed a true blue colored rose. There are still other problems to overcome in this case because the internal pH of a rose plant is at a range that does not allow the blue coloration to be expressed very well.

Personally I think this GMO is interesting and perhaps has its place in ornamental plants and in some animals, but the food supply does not seem like a good idea. I may be totally wrong about the health concerns but I avoid consuming it as much as possible.





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