Fishy Tomato


(Genetically Modified Organism)

Name: K-Sup
Nicknames: Flavr Life Savr, The Ketchup Katastrophe, Mr. Rotten, Killer Tomato
Colors: Resplendent Red & Ultraviolet
DNA Mix: Tomato & Winter Flounder
Birthplace: Davis, California, USA
Super Power: Can make cherry tomatoes on demand

Don’t Let the Ketchup Catch Up

Natural Tomato

Photo: Mason Masteka

Even though genetically modified tomatoes are not widely consumed in the US, they have been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration and remain unlabeled. One of the traits created by DNA Plant Tec was resistance to cold temperatures for longer storage life. While this GMO trait might seem harmless, its created by inserting DNA from the Winter Flounder into the tomato’s DNA. So in the case of GMO tomatoes, there is actually a “Fishy Tomato.”

What Wikipedia says about tomatoes:
The tomato is the edible, often red fruit from the the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as the tomato plant. Both the species and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread around the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates.

The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes, which has caused some confusion. The fruit is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.

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GMO Tomato

A genetically modified tomato, or transgenic tomato is a tomato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering. The first commercially available genetically modified food was a tomato engineered by Calgene to have a longer shelf life (the Flavr Savr). This product was a failure because no Americans wanted to buy a GMO tomato. Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially, but scientists are developing tomatoes with new traits like increased resistance to pests or environmental stresses. In 1997 the Monsanto Company completed the purchase of Calgene.

STATUS: Approved

Agritope 35-1-N
Calgene pCGN1547
Calgene pCGN1548
Calgene pCGN1557
Calgene pCGN1559
Calgene pCGN1578
Calgene pCGN1436
Calgene pCGN4109
Calgene 114F 4109a 26
Calgene 114F 4109a 81
Calgene 105F 1436 2018
Calgene 105F 1436 2035
Calgene 105F 1436 2049
Calgene 35F 4109a 3023
Calgene 84F 4109a 148
Calgene 88F 4109a 2797
Calgene 121F 4109a 333
Calgene 121F 4109a 1071
Calgene 121F 4109a 1120
Calgene 137F 4109a 71
Calgene 138F 4109a 164
Calgene 519A 4109a 4527
Calgene 519A 4109a 4621
Calgene 519A 4109a 4676
Calgene 531A 4109a 2105
Calgene 531A 4109a 2270
Calgene 532A 4109a 5097
Calgene 540A 4109a 1739
Calgene 585A 4109a 3604
Calgene 585A 4109a 3530
Calgene 519a 4109a-4645
Calgene 540a 4109a-1823
Calgene 532A 4109a 5166
DNA Plant Tec 1345-4
Monsanto 8338
Monsanto 5345
Zeneca & Petoseed B
Zeneca & Petoseed Da
Zeneca & Petoseed F

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