Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without the use of GMO potatoes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture formally approved two new types of genetically engineered potatoes.iStock
Genetically modified potatoes are on the way to market as of 2015. The U.S. government has deemed GM foods safe, but not all scientists agree. There is no legislation requiring the labeling of GMO foods, and critics worry about potential contamination of the conventional food supply and the safety of increased herbicide use.
The potato was first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 and 5000 BC. Cultivation of potatoes in South America may go back 10,000 years, but tubers do not preserve well in the archaeological record, making identification difficult.
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A genetically modified potato is a potato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering.Goals of modification include introducing pest resistance, tweaking the amounts of certain chemicals produced by the plant, and to prevent browning or bruising of the tubers.
Nov 26, 2015 · Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews. While the turkey might take centre stage at Christmas, a bowl of crisp, golden, fluffy roast potatoes with just the right ratio of crunchy crust to smooth centre can easily steal the show.
The History and Future of GM Potatoes March 10, 2010 Update August 2013: To the best of our knowledge there are still no GMO potatoes marketed for human consumption anywhere in the world, although we expect that to change within the next few years.
A potato may be described as having a waxy or floury texture. Floury potatoes tend to break up when boiled, so are best baked, roasted or chipped, while waxy potatoes are moister and have less starch, so are good for boiling and in potato salad and layered potato dishes.
3 Comments on “GMO Potatoes; Good or Bad?” Dave March 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm # At first I was all for GM thinking the nitrogen fixing gene in legumes could be transferred to other crops to save expensive fertlliser.Also it would cut down the pollution from nitrate run off into our rivers and drinking water.How naive can you be.
History. The potato is originally from the high and cool areas of the Andes mountains. It was grown as a food crop thousands of years ago. When Spanish conquistadores came to South America in the 1500s they took potatoes back to Europe. It took nearly 200 years for the potato to become a widely grown crop.