In several years of field trials, Scott and his colleagues have found that the transgenic tomato can be successfully grown without copper—one of two main bactericides—and produces twice the yields.
Not only would this be a boon to growers, but it also would yield significant environmental benefits since copper can build up in the soil, causing toxicity at high enough levels.
If you just look at this technology’s environmental benefits alone, it’s a no brainer.
Drilling down further, it’s not like the researchers are using genetic material from a totally unrelated species, like a squid or a yak.
The gene is from a pepper, which belongs to the same plant family as tomatoes.
If you were to eat salsa, chances are you’d be consuming the Bs2 gene found in hot peppers and tomatoes together in one mouthful.
The Bs2 tomato is still several years from the market, and let’s hope common sense will be leading the GMO debate by then.