There could be a new breakthrough to help prevent cancer hitting the shelves. Not the pharmaceutical shelves, but the shelves in the grocery store. There could be fruits that help prevent cancer.
There is a company from the United Kingdom and the United States called Del Monte that has figured out a way to modify pineapple to have lycopene, an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their red color and may have a role in preventing cancer.
They do this by using GMOs. GMO stands for a genetically modified organism. They modify the pineapple’s genetic material by using genetic engineering techniques.
Del Monte already released the pink pineapple in stores in Europe, but they are trying to get the pineapple into stores in the United States. This could take a long time because the United States has a tougher policy than Europe.
The United States FDA, which stands for the Food and Drug Administration, has more policies on what can be modified or not. They do a lot more testing to make sure the products do not have any bad side effects that could cause long term illness or even death.
Del Monte is waiting to hear back from the FDA to see if the pink pineapple can be placed in grocery stores in the U.S.
This is not the first food that has been modified to make food products healthier and have more benefits.
According to Nola.com, “AgroSciences are separately developing modified soybean, canola and sunflower oils with fewer saturated fats and more Omega-3 fatty acids. The Florida citrus company Southern Gardens is using a spinach gene to develop genetically engineered orange trees that could potentially resist citrus greening disease, which is devastating the Florida orange crop. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the company that created the non-browning apples, is also looking at genetically engineering peaches, cherries and apples to resist disease and improve quality.”
These genetically modified fruits could be a new type of medicine, but there will always be people that are skeptical of the new food. People are worried that using science to modify food could cause problems to the body since the food is not naturally grown. But according to Michael Firko who oversees the Agriculture Department’s regulation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs said, “I think once people see more of the benefits they will become more accepting of the technology,” so who knows what will come in the future, but pink pineapples may be the new miracle fruit.
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