Why don’t we have GMO oats?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.

So, why are there no GMO oats? There are a bunch of reasons, but the main one is, not surprisingly, money. There simply aren’t enough oat farmers in the world, or enough oats grown, to create sufficient demand to justify the incredibly expensive research that goes into developing genetically modified seeds. . . .

. . . .

In a perfect world, that wouldn’t be the case. Oats are the most nutritious of the big grains. . . . The World Health Organization says they’re about as good a source of protein as meat, milk and eggs. . . .

Nevertheless, demand for oats has been falling for nearly a century. . . . That’s in part because oats aren’t a particularly efficient or profitable crop. . . .

That’s just the kind of problem that could conceivably be solved by genetic engineering aimed at increasing yields. . . .

. . . .

And there’s another barrier: the oat genome itself. Commercial oats contain six chromosomes in their genomes, making them particularly difficult — and expensive — to modify. . . .

Read full, original post: Why There Are No GMO Oats (and Probably Never Will Be)

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Sometime in 2019, probably in China, SARS CoV-2 figured out a way to interact with a specific "spike" on the ...
Untitled

Philip Njemanze: Leading African anti-GMO activist claims Gates Foundation destroying Nigeria

Nigerian anti-GMO activist, physician, and inventor pushes anti-gay and anti-GMO ...

Most Popular

News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend