Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for bees | New Scientist
Don’t like the seeds in tomatoes? You might be pleased to know that seedless ones have been created by gene editing.
The technique will make it possible to make a much wider range of seedless fruits than is currently available – and also means farmers might not have to rely on declining bee populations. Whether we ever see such fruits on supermarket shelves, however, may depend on how regulators decide to treat gene-edited crops.
Une belle entrée en matière... on aurait aussi pu ajouter qu’on aurait plus besoin de paysans.
Mais tout est du même acabit... en théorie tout est devenu possible.
“We haven’t tasted them yet, but in theory they should taste the same,” says Osakabe.
The downside for farmers is that seedless plants have to be grown from cuttings, which may be more labour-intenstive. Tomatoes are usually grown from seed, but they can also be propagated by cuttings.
Some people also like the flavour that tomato seeds add. Seedless versions would, however, be ideal for processing into sauces and pastes.
On retrouve à nouveau cette logique anti-naturelle qui fait remonter du process agro-alimentaire vers la production agricole : ce sera mieux pour les plats préparés et les sauces en boîte.
Mais le plus beau reste la conclusion :
Whether these seedless varieties make it to shop shelves may depend on whether gene-edited plants have to meet the same criteria for approval as genetically modified plants, which would greatly increase costs. Some argue that where gene-editing is used to introduce mutations already found in some of the plant we eat, it should not require such strict regulation.
Si c’est pareil, c’est la même chose, et donc ça reste pareil. Ne venez pas regarder de plus près, ça coûte trop cher.