So what’s with the Blue Strawberry??

Dear viewers!!

The post on the Blue Strawberry is ONLY sharing the attempt of GMO strawberries yet, more research is needed concerning the matter; up to this date there are NO blue strawberries in production, as far as we know. We respect all points of views concerning this issue and we insist on not showing any side (against or with) the topic.

Please check our CLARIFICATION post!!

Moreover, inorder to answer all your questions and concerns kindly check out our interview with Dr. Kevin M. Folta on The Blue Strawberry Incidence!!

Thank you!!

Disclaimer: This post is written ONLY to answer the question on what is a Blue Strawberry and if it exist or not; the picture presented is NOT our property, kindly find below the source link.We are showing neither side on the topic.

I’ve been asked in several occasions about a blue strawberry and whether it truly exists. Thus, I thought of reposting one of my first blog posts to clarify this point.

The Blue Strawberry is a genetically modified food.

To start with, genetically modified foods are foods that are engineered through an artificial transfer (insertion or deletion) of genes; the genes usually come from different species.

Scientists have found that the “Arctic Flounder Fish” produces an antifreeze to protect itself in freezing waters.

Thus, the gene that regulates the production of the antifreeze trait was taken from the Arctic Flounder fish and was genetically introduced into the strawberry plant. As a result, a gmo strawberry plant is formed.

The gmo strawberry plant can withstand icy freezing temperatures; thus wouldn’t degrade or turn into mush after being placed in the freezer. To this date, such attempts are done for research purposes!!

The post shared the attempt of GMO strawberries yet, more research is needed concerning the matter; up to this date there are NO blue strawberries in production, as far as we know.

Reference:
Graduate Program Advanced Biochemistry, Genetically Modified Foods Lecture Notes, Dr. Imad Toufeili, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

Picture Source:
http://dirtymartini.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/bluestrawberry.jpg?w=500&h=403

Related References:
– AGROBACTERIAL TRANSFORMATION AND TRANSFER OF THE ANTIFREEZE PROTEIN GENE OF WINTER FLOUNDER TO THE STRAWBERRY http://www.actahort.org/books/484/484_99.htm

– CBF1 Gene Transgenic Strawberry and Increase Freezing Tolerance http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-DNYX200702001.htm

– THE GENETIC TRANSFORMATION OF STRAWBERRY WITH WINTER FLOUNDER ANTIFREEZE PROTEIN GENE http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-HNXB200903015.htm

– The Genetic Transformation of Strawberry with Winter Flounder Antifreeze Protein Gene http://www.hnxb.org/EN/abstract/abstract8448.shtm

– GENETIC ENGINEERING http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/006/T2114E/T2114E07.html Transgenic Strawberry: State of the art for improved traits http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0734975007001371

-Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of modified antifreeze protein gene in strawberry http://webfortesting.com/journal/27-4/02-strawberry-gene.pdf

Comments

  1. Roud
    August 22, 2011

    so you are with GMOs? Aren’t they supposed to be unhealthy in a way and ur still naming ur blog a GMO? That’s weird. Could you please post what are GMOs and why are they unhealthy?

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      August 23, 2011

      Hello!!

      From a dietetic healthy point of view the GMOs do contain the needed vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients etc. needed for health, there composition is not altered…

      They are just foods that were genetically engineered for a specific purpose… such as the blue strawberry were they have made it in a way that it can tolerate freezing temperatures (thus increasing it’s freezing shelf life); just as corn, crops, super tomatoes… that can resists certain environments, pests or herbicides…

      • Mcgarnigal
        March 15, 2012

        You forgot the part about how all species on this planet co-evolved to depend on each other. Therefore by altering the genetic make up of one plant you effect the entire eco-system in which it is planted. Including the bugs that pollinate it, the plants that grow around it, and the animals that consume it in this case humans.

        For non GMO foods we have literally millions of years of evidence(ie human, and other animal consumption) to suggest that the food is not harmfull to our health nor to the health of its habitat. However, with most GMOs there is less than a decade of data. Which I will concede does not prove danger but with a clearly non dangerous option available why take the risk…

        • Dragoness
          March 29, 2012

          Seems like if you can eat the flounder that they got this gene from, you should be able to eat the strawberry just the same…

          I mostly worry when they make plants herbicide-resistant or make them produce insecticides. Some modifications have more potential to impact the ecosystem than others. Blue pigments and natural antifreeze are not high on this list.

  2. roud
    August 29, 2011

    eh apparently u r with GMOs, bas ana 3am es2al 3an the other point of view, the one that opposes urs. leh be oulo GMOs should be avoided?

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      September 7, 2011

      Well there are several negative effects that are still being studied… some of the basics are the arousal of new allergies (in response to the new proteins being formed), new toxins produced by plants that can have a negative effect on humans or the environment, antobiotic resistance etc…

      What do u say? are you with or against GMOs ???

      • Ian Michaels
        March 15, 2012

        Interesting article, Cynthia. But…

        GMOs do contain the needed vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients etc. needed for health, there composition is not altered…

        You can’t really make this blanket statement about GMOs. Everyone is different. They do not undergo clinical trials and there are unforeseen effects.

        Check out this

      • Dan
        March 15, 2012

        If you eat modern bananas, apples, seedless oranges, corn and you like being vaccinated and having a golden retriever instead of a grey wolf, you’re pro genetically modified things.

        We have been genetically modifying our food to be resistant to molds, bugs, and disease long before we were able to modify the genes themselves. Through extreme selective breeding.

        Unless you want to take your glasses off, and go into the woods, a naked wildman, embrace the future! These technologies will feed the world! Get over the fear, and believe that people much smarter than all of us are on it.

        • Zach
          March 15, 2012

          Selective breeding is completely different than genetic engineering.

          • Mark Johnson
            March 16, 2012

            It is not completely different. It is somewhat different. The techniques are completely different, and many of the genetic changes would not occur in the wild. But “completely different” is not true–both things modify the genetics of their descendant populations.

            It is likewise misleading to say that organisms that are selectively bred are “the same” as GMOs (when GMO means modification by recombinant DNA technology). Recombinant techniques produce organisms with genetic traits that would not occur in the wild. That doesn’t make them bad or dangerous, necessarily, but it is a fundamentally different kind of genetic change.

            The comments on this posting focus obsessively on whether people are “for” or “against” GMO foods, and not on the specifics of risks and benefits. Focus on the real issues, not on whether you think your team is winning or losing.

          • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
            March 16, 2012

            Thank you for your explanation!! It was very informative!

            We totally agree with you on the issue of winning or losing!! The post was simply and only dedicated to answer the question on whether a blue strawberry exists!! And we very much respect all points of views whether for, against etc… And we appreciate all kinds of feedback and encourage the share of any helpful scientific information and data on this matter…

    • mask2697
      March 14, 2012

      can someone translate what roud wrote into English please?

  3. roud
    September 17, 2011

    saraha i dont have an intake on GM foods because i don’t have a background on them, i read a lot. that’s y tfeja2et eno nutrition w GM ma byemsho ktir sawa, 3a 7asab 3elme and u are basing u r blog 3a GM foods, mech eno fruits, vegetables, milk ma ba3ref bas in fact GM food. akid hal strawberry blu ktir 7elo esma w shakla bas ka base la u r blog, ma ba3ref :s

  4. Silvio
    March 14, 2012

    It’s quite the sight. But I reallly, really would NOT want to eat it. Fish in strawberry just sounds dangerous.

  5. cpujockey
    March 14, 2012

    I approve the use of these GMOs! think about golden rice and how it has saved countless lives! where GMO’s dont belong is in milk or meat.

  6. Toyotero
    March 14, 2012

    This is total BS.

    An article about genetically modified blue strawberries on a website called strawberryblu.com ?

    Come on.
    If it is, please reference the science publication.

  7. Asheville
    March 14, 2012

    Ok, the most important question is “Is this safe to eat”? I hear the hippies from around where I live (Asheville) going on about natural food etc, and this seems about as unnatural as it gets! However, even if its not the best thing to eat, its a magnificent example of science!

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      March 15, 2012

      Yes true!! a magnificent example of science!! yet in the definition of all natural or organic etc… then it’s not classified as is :):) Research is still needed!! and alot of views are presented on this issue 🙂

  8. Bill
    March 14, 2012

    Just a comment on why it is blue.

    When the researchers put together the gene sequences they need a marker to tell which combination is which apart. This can be something easy, like the blue color in this case, or something less obvious (seedless etc.).

    When this particular strain is approved for consumption it likely won’t have the blue color since it is very unlikely the color has anything to do with salmon genes. So you won’t really know looking on shelf if it was one of these with a low freezing point or another variety of strawberry.

    Additionally gene mixing at a less extreme level than this has been going on for 1000’s of years, science just makes it easier to come up with the combinations and to mix more things in. The chances of creating something toxic or something that doesn’t taste good etc., really hasn’t changed.

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      March 15, 2012

      Thank you for your share!! Can you provide us with any links regarding this? Did they actually start selling the anitfreeze strawberries??

  9. drivebot
    March 14, 2012

    cool post! i’m not sure if i’d eat one, but they do look purty. i wonder how they look when they rot? are they white on the inside like real strawberries?

  10. Jocheo
    March 14, 2012

    Are they edible and where can I get some?

  11. Richard H
    March 15, 2012

    Seem interesting, might have to try it someday.

  12. andy
    March 15, 2012

    Please take my money, and tell me how to get one of these mystical blue strawberry plants.

  13. JOnathan
    March 15, 2012

    Where is the source link? Who actually combined the strawberry with fish genes?

    University, Country name of researcher?

    Why isn’t any of this information listed?

  14. JOnathan
    March 15, 2012

    My bad I found the link but I had to change my search. Instead of searching for a blue strawberry I searched for frost resistant strawberries.

    The strawberry isn’t blue because of the fish gene. The strawberry is blue because its marker to indicate the gene transfer worked.

    AGROBACTERIAL TRANSFORMATION AND TRANSFER OF THE ANTIFREEZE PROTEIN GENE OF WINTER FLOUNDER TO THE STRAWBERRY
    http://www.actahort.org/books/484/484_99.htm

      • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
        March 15, 2012

        Yes true!!

        Marker genes are always used as an indicator showing if the gene transfer was successful or not!!

        Thank you for sharing the reference!! I just added it to the post!!

        Might you have more studies on GMOs??

  15. Bobolink
    March 15, 2012

    ALL FOODS are Genetically Modified. Go look at a wild banana. It sure the hell isn’t a Chiquita. It’s also virtually inedible.

  16. Chewie
    March 15, 2012

    How’s the flavor compare to regular strawberries?

  17. Johnson
    March 15, 2012

    So could this be implanted in the human genes so humans vould survive in the freezing cold?

  18. Mr. Awesome
    March 15, 2012

    When I opened this up I thought it was a form of blue waffle. 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012

    Would said strawberry contain antifreeze or would it be completely edible?

  20. sal
    March 15, 2012

    is it possible to purchase a plant or something?

  21. Sarah
    March 15, 2012

    If that strawberry is really blue, then why is its reflection red? Photoshop, maybe?

  22. janie poyton
    March 15, 2012

    Seedless watermellons are genetically modified I think. Lots of people eat them and never question it.

  23. Jamie
    March 15, 2012

    I love how so many people who know nothing about science or GMOs think they’re totally fine… And I suppose all u supporters think Monsanto is helping the world as well… All I have to say is wake up kids

  24. Jamie
    March 15, 2012

    And antifreeze that doesn’t hurt a strawberry doesn’t mean that antifreeze gene doesn’t harm humans, fertilizer wouldn’t hurt the strawberry but I’m sure it wouldn’t be so great on our bodies to eat a handful of it… And there’s not enough testing to actually know if these genetic changes in the foods interact positively or negatively with our genes, we rely solely on companies like Monsanto to tell us who lie 98% of the time

  25. Atilla
    March 15, 2012

    So, can I get seeds/clones of those things? I’d grow them just for the visual effect 🙂

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      March 15, 2012

      Well I don’t have any information regarding from where and how to get the seeds!! I will keep u posted if I get any information :):) Thank you for the share 🙂

  26. Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
    March 16, 2012

    Dear all,

    We repeat!!

    The post is ONLY sharing the attempt of GMO strawberries yet, more research is needed concerning the matter; up to this date there are NO blue strawberries in production, as far as we know. We respect all points of views concerning this issue and we insist on not showing any side (against ot with) the topic.

    Thank you!!

  27. Kevin Folta
    March 17, 2012

    Don’t respect all sides of an issue. If we did that we’d be a flat planet in the middle of the universe.

    Respect the scientific consensus. 1. No blue strawberry. 2. No transgenic strawberries in production, anywhere 3. No firm reproducible evidence of transgenic/GMO harm.

    The rest is anecdotes, opinions, misinformation and maybe lies. Be skeptical, seek truth, follow science.

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