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Simplot's GMO Potato Plan Advances

Business  (tags: Simplot, Agribusiness, Potatoes, Innate, GMO, Agriculture, Farming, Farmers, Consumers, Food, Concerns, Biotech )

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"The Boise agribusiness says that its Innate spuds reduce waste. But farmers might struggle to sell them."

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Brian M. (211)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 2:42 pm
From the article:
"The biotech potatoes rearrange the genes from spuds - and none from other organisms - to produce crops with the following attributes:

Reduced black-spot bruising, which can affect up to 5 percent of crops. Innate potatoes could cut waste by 400 million pounds a year worth $87 million, if they replaced all other potato crops nationwide, Haven says.

Reduced potential to carry acrylamide, a human neurotoxin that can appear in potatoes and other starchy foods cooked at high temperatures.

Reduced sugars, which cause browning in potatoes similar to rapid browning in sliced apples.

In addition, Haven says the increased efficiency for farmers could translate to more than $1 billion in yearly savings for consumers."

Roger Garin-michaud (130)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 2:58 pm
noted, thanks

Victoria Oakey (128)
Friday June 27, 2014, 2:29 pm
More propaganda from the biotech industry! When will this dangerous foodstuff cease to be created? Soon I hope, I would not touch a GMO without a white coat. They need to be in the lab where they belong, not eaten as the first peer-reviewed scientific study from Australia has now proven. I am for responsible science but I refuse to let the world's foodstuff become a giant science experiment.

Brian M. (211)
Friday June 27, 2014, 3:56 pm
GMO corn and soybeans have already been in the food supply for almost twenty five years. Looks like we've already been a part of the experiment for some time.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday June 27, 2014, 4:38 pm
No GMO's of any kind.

Brian M. (211)
Friday June 27, 2014, 4:43 pm
From the article: "The developers of J.R. Simplot Co.'s genetically modified line of potatoes say their bruise-resistant spuds could increase yields for farmers and decrease costs for shoppers. But french fry makers and other potato processors might not buy from farmers growing the biotech Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes, which could receive regulatory approval and head to the market in the fall."

Katie and Bill D. (118)
Friday June 27, 2014, 9:21 pm
Don't want any GMO's None!
Thank You Brian

Brian M. (211)
Friday June 27, 2014, 9:58 pm
Continued: "Rupert potato and sugar-beet farmer Duane Grant says harvesting Innate potatoes, which are resistant to black-spot bruising, would result in farmers throwing away fewer damaged crops and producing more fresh-grade potatoes that fetch the highest prices. However, he won't be able to plant Innate seeds once they are available, because his buyers won't touch them."

A F. (129)
Friday June 27, 2014, 10:45 pm
Noted, thank you. Just say NO to GMO!

Brian M. (211)
Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:07 am
More from the article: ""I'm sure they are getting push-back from their customers - the McDonald's of the world," Grant says. "They don't want to run the risk of being picketed by activists, because they have potatoes that are derived from, frankly, a much improved plant that brings all kinds of advantages."

Brian M. (211)
Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:08 am
Continued: "Innate potatoes have been grown in testing fields for years and are now under review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Simplot General Manager of Plant Sciences Haven Baker, in Boise, says he expects the potatoes to receive approval for market this summer."

Marija Mohoric (46)
Monday June 30, 2014, 1:05 am
NO to GMO! ty Brian
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