tomato was the first GMO food crop to be approved for commercial production by the USDA in 1992.
tomato, the first GMO crop available for sale in the United States, is now off the market.
The commercial sale of GM crops was started in 1994 when Calgene first sold its FlavrSavr
late ripening tomatoes.
with a strictly second-generation trait (FlavrSavr
tomato), most GE
The first GM fruit on the market was a tomato called the "McGregor FlavrSavr
." The company that produced it manipulated the tomato's genes to prevent it from softening as it ripened in order to make it easier to transport.
Called the FlavrSavr
, it was altered so that it took longer to decompose.
The article covered the genetics timeline from its infancy in the 1850s with the publication of Darwin's On The Origin of Species and Mendel's investigation of inheritance factors in pea plants through the 1994 approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the FlavrSavr
tomato, the first genetically engineered food to go on the market.
For example, Calgene's FlavrSavr
tomato, first marketed to consumers from 1995 to 1997, was withdrawn after Calgene determined that the varieties being grown were not of consistently high quality.