Genetic cottonseed breakthrough could feed millions

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A new, high-protein and low-cost food for people struggling with hunger in developing nations may soon be available thanks to advances in biotechnology. This, according to an article by Dr. Bonner Cohen in Environment and Climate News, who reports that researchers at Texas A&M University have found a way to genetically reduce a highly toxic compound found in cottonseed known as gossypol down to a level considered safe for human consumption. This genetically modified cottonseed meets World Health Organization and U.S. FDA standards. And with every pound of cotton fiber producing 1.6 pounds of seeds, this breakthrough has the potential to provide an affordable and nutritious food source for as many as 600 million people per year.

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About the Author: David Rothbard

David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.

  • Ruth Bard

    This is right up there with golden rice. Greenpeace will be horrified.