Source Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie By Ben Paynter 01.21.2014
Note If you want more information on Monsanto’s shift to Organic non-gmo vegetable seed development Please Read the entire Source document.
One mans opinion Whether you love or hate the name Monsanto the truth is, Monsanto has been forced by food producers (farmers) and food consumers (that’s you and me) to go Organic, Non-GMO in developing and producing vegetable seed.
FYI – The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA or FDA) considers all additive-free, conventionally bred produce to be safe for (Human) consumption.
Monsanto is engaging in an all out quest for better, more flavorful, disease, drought, insect resistant vegetables. This research and breeding program is based in 1920’s style hybridizing technology. Good old fashion plant selection and cross pollinating to develop better or even new vegetables for our tables.
Monsanto Frescada lettuce. Has crisp leaves with a longer shelf life, plus 146 percent more folate and 74 percent more vitamin C than ordinary iceberg lettuce. Frescada lettuce is a hybrid of Iceberg and romaine lettuce.
Monsanto’s new BellaFina (bell pepper)organic peppers come in miniature, single serving sizes to reduce leftovers. Developed by selectively breeding plants with smaller peppers.
Monsantos organic hybrid Beneforté broccoli was developed by crossbreeding commercial broccoli with a strain growing wild in southern Italy and contains 3 times the usual amount of glucoraphanin, a compound that helps boost antioxidant levels.
Monsanto realized genetically modifying consumer crops proved to be inefficient and expensive. Stark (Monsanto researcher) estimates that adding a new gene takes roughly 10 years and $100 million to go from a product concept to regulatory approval. And inserting genes one at a time doesn’t necessarily produce the kinds of traits that rely on the interactions of several genes. Monsanto knew it couldn’t just genetically modify its way to better produce. It had to breed great vegetables to begin with.
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