August 04, 2020

Genetically engineered bananas may appear in supermarkets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the beginning, science created the genetically altered tomato, and the government looked upon it, and saw that it was good.

Now it’s time for the banana, the nation’s second-most popular fruit, said two biotech companies, DNA Plant Technology in Oakland and Zeneca Plant Science of Wilmington, Del.

By slowing the ripening process, they hope to improve taste and shelf-life in the $2.7 billion banana industry, as well as introduce exotic varieties to U.S. shelves.

The problem with bananas is familiar to anyone who buys them at a supermarket, Plant Technology spokeswoman Ellen Martin said Friday.

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