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Checkbiotech: On the uptake of healthier GM foods
Posted by: DR. RAUPP ; madora (IP Logged)
Date: March 18, 2005 07:17AM ; ;

Finally, GM crop growers are offering sceptical consumers a real reason to
buy - low fat foods. Could it reverse anti-GM feelings in Europe? March

ONE of the biggest hurdles in selling genetically modified crops to
sceptical consumers, especially in Europe, has been that there was nothing
in it for them. All the traits commercialised so far, such as herbicide
resistance, benefit farmers. So it is a major - and pleasant - surprise to
find that the agribiotech company Monsanto has created a crop specifically
to appeal to health-conscious westerners. This is not food for poor people,
like rice rich in vitamin A or potatoes packed with protein, but the first
commercial GM crop designed for well-heeled consumers.

Monsanto's new variety of soya produces unusually low levels of linolenic
acid. When used in processed food, it should reduce the amount of saturated
fat in the product, the company says (see "Will low-fat foods sway biotech
sceptics?"). And this is just the start. Monsanto has plans for a range of
healthier crops, including soya that ...

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