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Genetically modified seeds interest gardeners

posted on March 10, 2000


MAKING RATS A PART OF THE FOOD CHAIN...

GENETICALLY ALTERED VEGETABLES ARE SPURNING INTEREST IN THE GARDEN. TRADITIONAL HYBRID VEGETABLES LIKE THE SWEETER, BETA-CAROTENE RICH MAROON CARROTS IN TEXAS AND A BROCCOLI AND KALE CROSS CALLED BROCCOLINI ARE SELLING WELL IN THE STORES AND MAKING GARDENERS ANXIOUS FOR THE SEED.

LESS TRADITIONAL METHODS OF ALTERING FOODS ARE ALSO SHOWING POTENTIAL. RECENTLY, RESEARCHERS AT TEXAS A&M HAVE USED A GENE FROM A RAT TO INCREASE THE VITAMIN C IN LETTUCE. WHILE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION RULES PREVENT ANYONE FROM TASTING THE TRANSGENIC LETTUCE, RESEARCHERS CLAIM IT STAYS FRESHER LONGER AND HAS SEVEN TIMES MORE VITAMIN C THAN UNALTERED VARIETIES.

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