Like the Modern Major General, Dr Oz was “telling a terrible story” about GMO foods. In yesterday’s segment, helpfully titled “No to GMOs: the Global Conspiracy to Keep You from Knowing the Truth about your food.” (Conspiracy theorists always seem to have trouble with capitalization.)
Oz began his segment telling a tale about tomatoes that were bred to keep from freezing by inserting a fish gene. And he pointed out they were indistinguishable from conventional tomatoes. The only trouble with this fish tale is that they don’t exist and never did. There is no breed of tomatoes with fish genes in them. There was once a lab experiment of this type, but it turned out that the gene didn’t keep them from freezing and it was abandoned. There are no GM tomatoes!