THE GARDEN ISLAND
/ May 30, 2016 /
Biotechnology is a hotly debated topic on Kauai and throughout the world. Many times when the topic is brought up the conversation will usually involve insect or herbicide resistance, which is what most people think of when they consider biotech crops.
The next generation of biotech crops goes far beyond that with benefits for both the farmer and the consumer. Take the Arctic apple and the Innate potato as examples. Both contain only native DNA and resist bruising. This means that both will stay fresher longer and not wind up in a trash can or left in the field to rot.
There’s also products like the one that I’m currently working on here on Kauai that have health benefits for everyone. We are working with canola plants that are high in Omega-3 oils. This will play an important role in reducing the amount of fish that are taken annually to obtain Omega-3s and will help everyone prevent heart disease. Plus the oil will be tasteless instead of fishy when taken as a supplement.
So when you think of biotechnology, it is no longer just about bugs or weeds, it’s about being sustainable and providing a healthier future for everyone. As the old saying goes, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
Keith Horton, Waimea
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