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USDA Approves Genetically-Modified Potato

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potato?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1415478990762iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Geneticists are working with a “super potato” that could mean a future with blemish-free french fries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is approving the commercial planting of a spud that’s genetically modified to resist bruising, and when cooking, produces less of a suspected human carcinogen that’s caused cancer in animals.

The potato is developed by the Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company, which is a major supplier of french fries, hash browns, and other potato products for restaurant chains like McDonald’s.

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