February 20, 2013

We Broke the Tomato, But Biotech Can Fix It

John Timmer, Ars Technica


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Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties that are great for farmers: the plants are incredibly productive, and the resulting tomatoes hold up well to shipping. Just one small problem: they are nearly tasteless. Heirloom tomato strains have become available precisely because people aren't especially interested in the mass-produced, modern tomato.

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TAGGED: Genetically Modified Crops, Tomatoes