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After Some Genetic Manipulation, Cottonseed-Based Foods May Soon Find Their Way To Market

October 17, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Now that the USDA has opened the door to farmers who want to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, consumers may soon have available a protein-packed food source that could help raise the economic prospects of cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition. The FDA needs to approve the seeds as food for humans and animals, But once approved, high-protein cottonseed meal – what remains after the oil is removed – could be turned into flour for use in breads, tortillas, and protein bars. Roasted and salted whole cottonseed kernels can be consumed as a snack or used to make a peanut butter type of paste, Ordinary cottonseed is unfit for humans and many animals to eat because it contains a toxic chemical. But Texas scientists used so-called RNAi, or RNA interference, technology to “silence” a gene, virtually eliminating the toxic compound from the cottonseed.[Image Credit: © Jan Haerer from]
"Could Cotton be the next superfood? Regulators give go ahead to 'protein packed' cottonseed (and say it tastes like a chickpea)", MailOnline, October 17, 2018, © Associated Newspapers Ltd.
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