Our GM U-turn

The debate about GM foods is set to intensify following a policy U-turn by Ireland. But is the science behind GM being lost in the midst of an increasingly polarised argument?

26th March, 2011
Our GM U-turn
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In 1992, the Californian company Calgene submitted a new product to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)for testing.

The product was the Flavr Savr, a genetically modified (GM) tomato designed to be resistant to the rotting and decay normally experienced by tomatoes.

Two years later, the FDA completed its evaluation of Calgene’s tomato, and concluded that it was ‘‘as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means’’.

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