government memo dating from 1993 revealed an experiment in which four of 20 female rodents fed the FlavrSavr tomato
, now owned by Monsanto, suffered gross stomach lesions.
In 1973, scientists were able to splice DNA which led to the development of the first genetically altered food--the FlavrSavr tomato
that was designed to delay over-ripening for a longer shelf life.
One early example of the fruits of these techniques is the FlavrSavr tomato
. When tomatoes ripen, a gene is triggered to produce a chemical that makes the fruit go soft and eventually rot.
The most criticized research work done on such organisms is the study of well-known scientist Arpad Pusztai who observed evidence of stomach and intestinal harm affected by transgenic potatoes and FlavrSavr tomatoes
. His research funding was stopped for the publication of basic outcomes and as a result study remained incomplete.