Get a load of the fu­ture crop of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied food

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -


Pro­duced in the lab of plant sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor Cathie Martin at the John Innes Cen­tre in Nor­wich, th­ese have been ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied to in­clude high lev­els of an­tho­cyanins – health-pro­mot­ing com­pounds found in blue­ber­ries and black­ber­ries. Large-scale juice pro­duc­tion was ini­ti­ated in Canada in 2014 and the team is await­ing US FDA ap­proval. Watch this space.


Crafted by a team led by Pro­fes­sor Napier, GM camelina oil con­tains omega-3 long-chain polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acids. It’s been achieved by adding genes from al­gae into the plant’s ge­netic code. ‘Our plant­based source of omega-3 oils can not only help to make fish-farm­ing more sus­tain­able, but also pro­vide a veg­e­tar­ian source of th­ese im­por­tant health-ben­e­fi­cial omega-3 fatty acids,’ says Pro­fes­sor Napier.


Blood or­anges – also filled with health-boost­ing an­tho­cyanins – have been linked with pro­tec­tion against obe­sity. Prob­lem is, they need a very spe­cific cli­mate in which to grow. Now, re­searchers at the John Innes Cen­tre are ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fy­ing or­anges in or­der to cre­ate them, what­ever the weather. Their hope? That this will lead to blood or­ange juice – and its uber healthy prop­er­ties – re­plac­ing your reg­u­lar glass of OJ.

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