The world of GMOs is an insane one: scientific experiments have included the following: rice with human genes, “spermicidal” corn, and genetically engineered foods of all kinds ranging from corn to tomatoes.
What most people don’t realize, however, is that GMO tomatoes are not currently on the market, although conventional tomatoes are sprayed with toxic ripening gases and pesticides among other chemicals.
Now, however, things are about to come circle, as a new GMO tomato is being developed once again, this time for a far more convoluted process than anyone ever expected.
GMO Tomatoes on the Way for Strange New Purpose
According to this article from the website Hakai Magazine, genetically engineered tomatoes are on the way, and they are being designed in order to trick consumers into think their farm-raised fish are more natural or were even caught in the wild.
That’s because farm-raised fish don’t have the same type of hue as the wild caught ones (think of a pink filet of salmon that has been caught directly from the boat and thrown on the grill, compared with one that was raised in a pen), and consumers know it.
In order to combat this problem while still selling pen-raised fish at a premium price, a new genetically engineered tomato is being developed in order to create colorants to replace dyes for petrochemicals.
In other words, these scientists are swapping one pollutant for an entirely new potential pollutant of a different breed.
GMO Tomato to Give Fish a New Color
The tomato, called ‘Moneymaker,’ has been genetically modified in a laboratory (not bred in the field like traditional hybrids) to add bacterial DNA capable of producing ketocarotenoids, which lead to the formation of colorful compounds used to make fish more pink in color.
The new GMO tomatoes were created in Great Britain and then shipped to Germany where they were crushed and mixed into fish feed, the article said.
The fish that ate the GMO feed ended up absorbing about twice the same amount of the ketocarotenoids as fish eating the same amount of petrochemical-made dyes have in the past.
It’s part of a complex plan to make farmed fish look more like a premium product to the consumer, who once again will be left in the dark about the fact that they may be consuming unlabeled GMO material, if the new plan comes to fruition, of course.
The Future of GMOs
While Monsanto has been bought out by Bayer and many GMO experiments such as the fish that eat these tomatoes are far away from seeing our dinner plates, the truth of the matter is that the GMO situation is about as dire as it’s ever been.
Sure, the organic movement is huge, but with Bayer and Monsanto expected to seize over 25% of the world seed market and Monsanto’s new $125 million deal to produce longer-lasting “CRISPR” GMOs, the future remains cloudy.
As always, do your best to buy organic and support local organic farmers, because these ethical food producers need our help now more than ever.