With the recent announcement of the sequencing of the plant Coffea canephora the Luddite segment of the food movement will face a real dilemma. Can you see how?
Well, the DNA sequencing reveals the genes involved in caffeine production. And with that sequencing in hand, plus a bit more research on regulators, it’s just a matter of time before a GMO with knockdown of some gene critically involved in the caffeine production pathway is developed, i.e. coffee that is now grown as decaf.
Of course the scientifically ignorant anti-GMO crowd will snort and stomp their feet declaring war on this latest frankenfood, BUT they will have an interesting problem (quite a few of them personally).
You think the process for taking caffeine out of coffee today is gentle and benign?
No it involves harsh and toxic chemical treatment of the coffee with the undoubted effect of leaving some of those chemicals behind in their morning almond-milk latte’s. And we all know how evil chemicals and processed foods are.
So, guess what – the GMO decaf will be completely “natural” (and it can be organic and possibly even fair trade as well). IOW, the GMO version will be less evil than its chemically processed cousin.
Now other than giving up coffee altogether the anti-technology wingnuts of the anti-GMO movement will then, as the saying goes, “choose their poison” – which one will it be? It will be amusing to watch them try to spin whatever choice they make. And what company will end up the patents and be the new Monsanto to kick around?
Pretty soon the food Luddites will completely join up with the creationists and demand a stop to science because truth has this nasty way of creating these dilemmas.