February 20, 2013
We Broke the Tomato, But Biotech Can Fix It
John Timmer, Ars Technica
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.
TAGGED: Genetically Modified Crops, Tomatoes