(Genetically Modified Organism)
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
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.
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.
Recent Blog Entries:
- December 23, 2013: New York Daily News: The ugliest car in the U.S. visits New York City
- November 9, 2013: KOBI NBC5: Fishy Food Fleet Anchors at Natural Grocers to Spread GMO Awareness
- November 1, 2013: Press Release: Fishy Food Cars Announce 6,000 Mile Tri-Coastal Tour
- October 20, 2013: The Western Front - GMO blog: Driving the tomato fish
- September 24, 2013: Are We Eating Fishy Food Cross-Country Tour Documentary
- September 20, 2013: The Fishy Fleet Was Spotted Swimming Down Interstate 80 Last Month
- September 16, 2013: Peninsula Daily News: Port Townsend organic food outlets support GMO labeling
- September 3, 2013: Yeah we're in the gray mini van from Alberta
- August 23, 2013: News Letter: Swimming With 'The Fishy Fleet'
- August 19, 2013: Voice of America: GMO Opponents Take Protest On the Road
- August 14, 2013: The Fishy Fleet Arrives in Seattle
- August 14, 2013: Salt Lake Tribune: Cross-country drive aims to show there’s something ‘fishy’ about GMOs
- August 13, 2013: The Fishy Fleet Swims Around Salt Lake City
- August 12, 2013: The Fishy Fleet in Cheyenne, Wyoming
- August 12, 2013: The Fishy Fleet Departs Denver
- August 10, 2013: The Fishy Fleet Arrives in Denver
- August 8, 2013: Photos from Cooperation Operation in South Chicago, IL
- August 7, 2013: The Fishy Fleet in Columbus, OH
- August 7, 2013: Man on the Street DC: [VIDEO] Are We Eating Fishy Food? 2013 Summer Kickoff Tour
- August 6, 2013: Photos from the Fishy Tailgate in Pittsburgh, PA
- August 6, 2013: Roll Call: Group Kicks Off ‘Fishy’ Tour
- August 5, 2013: FishyFood fleet in front of the Capitol!
- July 31, 2013: Huffington Post Green: Fishy Art Cars Bring Anti-GMO Message On Cross-Country Demonstration, From Washington, D.C., To Washington State (PHOTOS)
- July 25, 2013: DC Fox 5: Vehicles Pushing Message For Genetically Modified Food (GMO) Labeling
- July 24, 2013: Fishy Tomato May Eat the U.S. Capitol
- July 18, 2013: Fishy Tomato Spotted in Mount Pleasant
- July 18, 2013: Fishy Tomato Has Spawned!