"But that grape must be at least transgenic!" No, it was not. It was a seedless grape of one of the many varieties that are grown today and that have been cultivated for quite some time. The comment came from an acquaintance, to whom we commented that we had bought those grapes, because they don't have nuggets, and because they are easier for children to eat. But the comment reflects a very habitual thought. That if something does not have nuggets "it is not natural", because the seeds with necessary for the plants to reproduce, etc ... etc ... Therefore, something without seeds, has to be artificial, and within the artificial, it seems that " transgenic "would be the worst.
The point is that We have been fighting the seeds in the fruit for thousands of years. The reason is obvious, they are annoying, and in some cases dangerous. Evolutionarily, the fruit is designed to be ingested by animals, and then they disperse its seeds, but the human being, does not like to swallow the seeds, and for millennia, is looking for varieties that do not have seeds.
The best example of this is the wild banana. I prefer, without a doubt, the one without seeds:
The seedless grapes
The truth is there are quite a few varieties of seedless grapes, and at the moment, none of them transgenic (although research is being done on it). Some of them are used to make wine, and others, like the ones I bought, are used to make table grapes. We talk about the Autumn King variety in DAP. Honestly, not having to deal with the happy nuggets is a joy.
These varieties have been obtained from different techniques of hybridization, or embryo selection, and so far it has not been necessary to use other more modern techniques of genetic engineering. For example, watermelon without seeds does not hide any mystery.
Looking for the perfect fruits
The truth is that we have been looking for fruits that are more appetizing, more tasty, sweet, large, with more or less juice, and with more or less seeds. Almost no fruit we eat today exists naturally, and if we ceased to exist, they would too. There is nothing wrong and it is not more or less artificial, than the fact that we now like orange carrots and were purple before.
In fact, when it comes to consuming fruit, making them more attractive without having seeds can facilitate your consumption, and help not waste more food. Think of the thousands of apple hearts that go directly to the trash every year. Having pillory, apples, melons or watermelons without seeds, is as normal, or as rare, as any other food we consume today. In the end it will be the consumers, who with their preferences, will "vote" on each of the varieties.
I like the pillory with bone, because there are no others, and sucking the bone is fun (as long as you are not attractive), but if I had them without bone I would eat them the same. And more importantly, kids could eat them before without any danger.
Definitely, let's not close to the progress of agriculture and food techniques, because something seems "artificial." Since we discovered fire, almost everything is. It's not more natural, it's just older.
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