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News today: Scientists have developed a purple genetically modified tomato with the cancer fighting, antioxidant properties, of blueberries. Is this healthy for us, the farming industry and a sustainable food industry?
Perhaps ‘yes’ if the only gene transferred from the snapdragon plant was the one that gives the tomato the cancer fighting anthocyanin, and the gene over time, does not effect the rest of the plants gene balance. And ‘yes’ if the new variety of tomato does not cross pollinate with traditional tomatoes. And ‘yes’, if the plant is a success, that it is available to all growers, without paying a huge royalty fee.
Surely we would be better to use the plants and animals we have, buy from local producers, and educate people to eat a more balanced, healthy, diet.