Under the USDA's revised biotechnology regulations, many gene edited organisms will no longer be subject to regulation. On September 7, a gene edited purple tomato created by Norfolk Plant Sciences was the first to successfully pass the review process; the USDA has indicated that this plant will not be subject to regulation.
According to Norfolk Plant Sciences, “by carefully adding two genes from snapdragons that work like “on switches,” our tomatoes and juice are a rich source of antioxidants, because purple pigments are made in the whole tomato, not just the skins”.
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are making similar revisions to Canadian biotechnology regulations. Without regulation of genetically modified organisms, the organic sector – and consumer rights – are at risk. Visit Canada Organic Trade Association to see how you can take action.