The Flavr Savr Tomato

In May 1994, consumers were introduced to genetic engineering's first ready-to-eat produce the Flavr Savr tomato. The FDA had just ruled that the two extra pieces of recombinant DNA that Calgene Inc. had manipulated into this cultivar posed no appreciable health risks, so these GM tomatoes were as safe for human consumption as their nonengineered cousins. Actually, the FDA was not obliged by law or policy to pass premarket judgment on these plants. Rather, Calgene (later purchased by Monsanto)...