There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island [in 2017], according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato.
Innate potatoes bruise less and have less black spots than conventional potatoes.
Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the company is holding off allowing commercial growth of Innate potatoes in Canada until there’s a proven market for them.
“Because we’re the only branded bio-tech item in the produce aisle it’s an involved decision, right, and so they don’t want to take it without a lot of advisement and we certainly understand that and we’ll be patient. When there’s a market we’ll be there.”
Cole said the company expects the company’s Gen2 potato that is blight resistant will be approved by the CFIA and Health Canada by the end of this summer.
That potato will require 50 percent less pesticides, which he thinks both farmers and consumers will be interested in.
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