The plant biologist and genetic engineer Dr. Caius Rommens spent many years of his career working for Monsanto and then for the Idaho-based firm J.R. Simplot, where he developed hundreds of thousands of different GM potatoes at a cost of about $50 million.
Dr Caius Rommens developed GMO potatoes for the Idaho-based agbiotech company Simplot. The chief genetic modification he introduced was to silence the potatoes’ melanin (PPO) gene. This gene, when operative, causes potatoes to discolour when bruised. The GMO potatoes do not discolour when bruised.
GM potato research raises hope, history and controversy in Ireland. "The public can delineate," said Mullins, who works for the Irish Agricultural and Food Development Authority, known here by its Gaelic name, Teagasc. Most of the 27 EU member states are free of GMOs and several have banned them.
The scientists who have studied Dr Pusztai's data say, however, that they have confirmed the accuracy of his findings, and they have protested at the way he has been treated. Professor Mihaly Sajgo, a biochemist at Godollo University of Agriculture, Hungary, said that he found Dr Pusztai's findings to be absolutely correct: ”The experiments [on genetically modified food] are premature and are not very controlled.
Sweet potatoes are actually 8,000 year old GMOs. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Take the sweet potato, for example. A recent study found that sweet potatoes were bred some 8,000 years ago out of the swollen parts of regular potato roots. In other words, they didn’t exist until humans tinkered with them.
Information that Johnson ignored or discounted. For his research for this and other articles on GM, Johnson had also corresponded with the independent scientist Dr Judy Carman, who has researched the effects of feeding GMOs to pigs. 9 Johnson had asked Carman for her opinion on Folta’s claims.
SE:From a health perspective, GMO food is no different than non-GMO food. In fact, they can even be healthier. In fact, they can even be healthier. Imagine peanuts that can be genetically engineered to reduce levels of aflatoxin , and gluten-free wheat , which would give those with celiac disease a healthy and tasty bread option.
Major science group weighs in on safety of genetically modified foods. Corn, potatoes, apples, soybeans... about 80 percent of the food in America's grocery stores is genetically modified, and a new report from a leading science organization finds it's generally safe for humans and the environment. The National Academies of Science,...
The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. Okanagan, based in British Columbia, is trying to make apples a more convenient snack with its non-browning version.
New genetically modified potatoes Manufactured by J.R. Simplot Co. could end up in McDonald’s French fries. Millions of Americans who eat in fast food restaurants are so much in love with McDonald’s fries that they could almost taste French fries by just thinking about them.