by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.
The non-GMO status of sunflowers looks bright since the genes of sunflowers are hard to alter, at least for the foreseeable future (and as long as Monsanto doesn’t meddle). According to the US Department of Agriculture scientists Brent Hulke and Michael Foley, the plant is “recalcitrant to (genetic) transformation.” Sunflowers also have many wild relatives, making it possible for transgenes to proliferate all sorts of weeds (and super-weeds) if they were tinkered with genetically.
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