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Frankenfoods in Your Shopping Cart --
Biotech Industry Propaganda for What's Already Out There

http://www.bio.org/food&ag/transgenic_products.html

Frankenfoods in Your Shopping Cart--Biotech Industry Propaganda For What's
Already on the Market & What's in the Pipeline

June 2000

Transgenic Products on the Market

Beneficial product traits... in these crops

Bt crops are protected against insect damage and reduce pesticide use.
Plants produce a protein -- toxic only to certain insects -- found in a
common soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. corn, cotton,
potatoes
Future: sunflower, soybeans, canola, wheat, tomatoes

Herbicide tolerant crops allow farmers to apply a specific herbicide to
control weeds without harm to the crop. Gives farmers greater flexibility
in pest management and promotes conservation tillage. soybeans, cotton,
corn, canola, rice
Future: wheat, sugar beet

Disease-resistant crops are armed against destructive viral plant diseases
with the plant equivalent of a vaccine.sweet potatoes, cassava, rice, corn,
squash, papaya
Future: tomatoes, bananas

High-performance cooking oils maintain texture at high temperatures, reduce
need for processing and create healthier food products. The oils are either
high oleic or low linolenic. In the future, high stearate.sunflower,
peanuts and soybeans

Healthier cooking oils have reduced saturated fat.soybeans

Delayed-ripening fruits and vegetables have superior flavor, color and
texture, are firmer for shipping and stay fresh longer.tomatoes
Future: raspberries, strawberries, cherries tomatoes, bananas, pineapples

Increased-solids tomatoes have superior taste and texture for processed
tomato pastes and sauces.Tomatoes

rBST is a recombinant form of a natural hormone, bovine somatotropin, which
causes cows to produce milk. rBST increases milk production by as much as
10-15 percent. It is used to treat over 30 percent of U.S. cows. RBST (milk
production)

Food enzymes, including a purer, more stable form of chymosin used to
curdle milk in cheese production. It's used to make 60 percent of hard
cheeses. Replaces chymosin of rennet from slaughtered calves
stomachs.Chymosin (in cheese)
--the first biotechnology product in food

Nutritionally enhanced foods will offer increased levels of nutrients,
vitamins and other healthful phytochemicals. Benefits range from helping
developing nations meet basic dietary requirements to boosting
disease-fighting and health-promoting foods. Future: protein-enhanced sweet
potatoes and rice; high-vitamin-A canola oil; increased antioxidant fruits
and vegetables.

Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization member survey