Crop Biotech Update

Canadian Farmers to Plant GE Potatoes for the First Time

March 29, 2017

Canadian farmers are set to plant four new varieties of genetically engineered potato developed by J. R. Simplot company. The genetically engineered potato varieties Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Snowden have non-browning traits and produce low acrylamide, which is beneficial for the Canadian market. The varieties have been approved by Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency last year, but it was too late for the spring planting season. According to Simplot, they hope to work with Canadian grower cooperatives and processing companies for the arrangement of seeds to make it for the planting season this year.

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