Biology

Purple GM Tomatoes heading for the shops

The prospect of genetically modified tomatoes reaching the shelves has become a step closer. The dark pigment in these tomatoes are hoped to bring the same potential health benefits as fruits like blueberries.

To many people’s surprise they are actually developed in Britain and large-scale production is under way in Canada. The first 1,20Purple-Calabash0 litres of purple tomato juice is ready for shipping.

This purple pigment- which scientists call anthocyanin is an antioxidant which studies on animals have shown could fight cancer. This could even improve the nutritional value of everything from ketchup to Spaghetti Bolognese and, what’s even better is it’s affordable to!

The first 1,200 litres are due to be shipped to Norwich shortly – and because all the seeds will have been removed, there is no genetic material to risk any contamination. So these aren’t just affordable but uncontaminated and even healthier tomatoes!!

 

 

 

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