Green light for genetically modified tomato in the US

The purple tomato has been genetically modified to contain higher levels of antioxidants. Now the US Department of Agriculture opens for the sale of seeds for cultivation to consumers.

There are already purple tomatoes, but they should not contain as much antioxidants in the flesh as the one Norfolk Plant Sciences has developed with the help of genetic engineering.

The British company has started from anthocyanins, which can act as antioxidants and which should therefore be able to prevent the formation and harmful effects of reactive substances in the body. It is also anthocyanins that are the reason why the company’s tomato has acquired its purple color.

Now the US Department of Agriculture has made the assessment that it is unlikely that the purple tomato would pose a higher risk to plant pests compared to its competitors. This means Norfolk Plant Sciences can begin selling seeds to grow the purple tomatoes to consumers. This can take place from spring 2023, the company states.

The anthocyanin-rich tomato was developed in 2008 by Professor Cathie Martin, who has started from an edible flower to give the tomato the desired characteristic.

Norfolk Plant Sciences relies on studies showing that antioxidants and anthocyanins can reduce the incidence of cancer, improve cardiovascular function, and health and well-being.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by

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