Dear Scientists, Come Out of Your Labs

Posted: 10 January, 2019 in Bioengineering, Food, Frustration
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Come Down From Your Ivory Towers and Give Us Things We Actually Need

Photo by Immo Wegmann on Unsplash

News flash: scientists in Brazil think it’s time to bioengineer spicy tomatoes. You can read about it right here.

Yes, I’ve read all the arguments in favor of the benefits, and I agree with them: spicy tomatoes would indeed have many benefits.

And yet…

(There’s that nasty little phrase again.) Sure, I’d like spicy tomatoes, just to eat them. They’d be great in Tex-Mex dishes, and would even add a welcome zing to Italian sauces.

But I have two words: Ro-Tel Tomatoes.

So I myself don’t really need a spicy tomato. But you know what we could really get behind? And by “we,” I mean the vast number of consumers who buy beautiful tomatoes at the grocery store, take them home and end up disappointed?

If you can bioengineer a spicy tomato, why not instead create something with a ready-made market?

Why not create a tomato that actually tastes like a tomato?

You’d make millions of vegans, vegetarians, and people like me — who enjoy a nice BLT — extremely happy.

And not that it matters, but you’d be on the fast track for a Nobel prize.

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