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Gene-Edited Foods Are Coming to Your Plate But Aren’t Being Regulated

  • DNA-altered soybeans escape GMO designation in U.S. decision
  • Healthier makeup weighed vs. risk of ‘unintended consequences’
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For Pete Zimmerman, a Minnesota farmer, the age of gene-edited foods has arrived. While he couldn’t be happier, the hi-tech soybeans he’s now harvesting are at the crux of a long-running debate about a frankenfood future.

Zimmerman is among farmers in three states now harvesting 16,000 acres of DNA-altered soybeans destined to be used in salad dressings, granola bars and fry oil, and sold to consumers early next year. It’s the first commercialized crop created with a technique some say could revolutionize agriculture, and others fear could carry as-yet unknown peril.