Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Cotton May Be Food For the Future

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Cotton May Be Food for the Future

The Week

December 8,2006


National Geographic News is quoted as saying that Keerti Rathore of Texas A and M University has figured out how to genetically alter cotton so as to eliminate a poisonous chemical called gossypol on the cotton plant's seeds.

According to Mr. Rathore hungry farmers could grow this crop and sell the fiber for clothing and use the seeds to feed their families.

Either roasted or plain or mixed wiht other flours these seeds could feed one-half million people every year he said.

What do you think? Do you think America could look into this technology and possibly export some of these seeds once they ahve been made safe?

Let us know what you think!




readmereadyou said...

I wouldn't want to eat it but if it could keep hungry people alive, why not! I'd probably eat my shoes if I was hungry. I have quite an appetite. Always have.


pharmolo said...

I have misgivings about genetically altered anything, Nat. The consequences cannot be foreseen. It would be a good idea otherwise, if they'd manage to eliminate the gossypol in another fashion.

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sugarsweet056 said...

Not sure on this one yet.
Hugs, Sugar

bobandkate said...

Well, if it can be genetically altered to be made safe for human consumption, then I don't see why it shouldn't be possible. Would need to read a bit more about it to make a definite judgement Natalie. But it might be of use in the developing world if a one crop can be used both to produce much needed food and the cotton fibres for making clothes. Two products from one set of farming labour makes sense to me!

lifesabench6 said...

I don' t think I'd try it.  I don't like engineered food or things they do to food these days.  Wearing it is fine- but give me plain ol' veggies anyday that aren't fiddled with.  Carolyn

sugar1337 said...

I think that would be a good thing to especially promote to poor areas to help supplement their food especially if it was nutritionally sound.  

monponsett said...

I compulsively chew the sleeves of my sweatshirts,but I don't think I do it for taste.