US Farmers Can Now Grow Edible Cotton

According to a new Reuters report, plant biotechnologist Keerti Rathore had a specific goal in mind when he first arrived at Texas A&M University in 1995: transform cotton into a crop we could eat. And he succeeded — with a little genetic wizardry, he produced a modify plant with edible cottonseeds. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service lifted its regulations on Rathore’s genetically modified cotton, meaning anyone can now grow it. It could even eventually pave the way to overpriced edible cotton seeds lining [...]

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