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Texas A&M genetically modifies cotton to make it edible
Houston Chronicle ^ | November 20, 2006 | Randolph E. Schmid

Posted on 11/20/2006 12:35:22 PM PST by Zakeet

WASHINGTON — Cotton, for thousands of years one of the most important crops for clothing and shelter, might also become a source of food.

A chemical called gossypol makes cottonseed inedible for humans, though some of it is used in feed for cattle, which are less affected by the toxin.

Now, researchers at Texas A&M University have genetically modified cotton to produce seeds with little or no gossypol.

It's a step they say could help provide valuable protein to millions of people. Their findings are reported in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Keerti Rathore of the university's Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, said the modified plants continue to have gossypol in their stems and leaves where it helps resist insects, but the chemical is significantly reduced in the seed.

Worldwide, 44 million tons of cottonseed is produced annually. It is grown in 80 countries and the seeds are 23 percent protein, Rathore said.

They are pressed for oil, and in the United States about half of the remaining meal goes into animal feed, he explained.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aggie; cotton; eat
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This from the same bunch that spent millions to develop a maroon carrot.
1 posted on 11/20/2006 12:35:25 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

You can eat cotton already. You just can't digest it.


2 posted on 11/20/2006 12:36:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Zakeet

Gives a new meaning to "cotton mouth"


3 posted on 11/20/2006 12:36:43 PM PST by dforest (Don't get fooled, the bigger struggle is still out there, and growing)
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To: Zakeet

Mmm mmmm mmm. Tastes just like...



CANDY!


4 posted on 11/20/2006 12:36:51 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (I'm Hegemony Cricket, and I improvised this message.)
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To: Zakeet
You can eat cotton already. You just can't digest it. Of course, they don't agree.
5 posted on 11/20/2006 12:37:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Zakeet
Cotton is cheap and plentiful. We could finally conquer world hunger.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

6 posted on 11/20/2006 12:37:35 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet

Aggies doing science? I'll eat my shorts!


7 posted on 11/20/2006 12:37:48 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: Zakeet

Millions? Can you site a source?


8 posted on 11/20/2006 12:37:56 PM PST by Liberty Tree Surgeon (Mow your own lawn!)
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To: Zakeet

Gig 'Em Aggies.

Class of '84.


9 posted on 11/20/2006 12:38:04 PM PST by fishtank
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To: Zakeet

Reminds me of a scene from Elf.


10 posted on 11/20/2006 12:38:36 PM PST by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Brilliant

People have been eating cotton candy for years.


11 posted on 11/20/2006 12:38:44 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: goldstategop
We could finally conquer world hunger.

I don't want to conquer world hunger.

We're already too fat.

12 posted on 11/20/2006 12:38:50 PM PST by Lazamataz (Thats the spirit.)
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To: goldstategop

Whooooo! Until we run into that starving country that worships the cotton plant and is enraged at the thought of eating it.


13 posted on 11/20/2006 12:39:14 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Zakeet

New meaning to cotton candy....


14 posted on 11/20/2006 12:39:24 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Zakeet

Cotton candy?


15 posted on 11/20/2006 12:39:51 PM PST by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Zakeet
Socks and Underwear Casserole....Yuck
16 posted on 11/20/2006 12:40:22 PM PST by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: Zakeet
Are you sure that wasn't a moron carrot?

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

17 posted on 11/20/2006 12:40:23 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Zakeet
Monsanto, of course, will patent this and eventually be able to charge royalties from all cotton growers after its seed stock contaminates all the cotton seed in the world.
18 posted on 11/20/2006 12:41:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Zakeet

EAT MY SHORTS!


19 posted on 11/20/2006 12:41:48 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: fishtank
Aggies. God love 'em.


20 posted on 11/20/2006 12:41:55 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Brilliant
You can eat cotton already. You just can't digest it.

The article talks about eating cotton seed, not cotton lint.

21 posted on 11/20/2006 12:41:58 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: goldstategop

Word Hunger is conqured from a production standpoint. We produce more then enough food to feed everyone. It's a distribution problem. I don't see how edible cotton will fix that.


22 posted on 11/20/2006 12:42:05 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Zakeet

Having to eat one's shirt after losing a bet will become easier.


23 posted on 11/20/2006 12:42:14 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Zakeet

This reminded me of Milo's chocolate covered cotton from the book Catch-22.


24 posted on 11/20/2006 12:42:48 PM PST by somniferum (Annoy a liberal.. Work hard and be happy.)
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To: goldstategop
Cotton is cheap and plentiful.

IIRC, cotton strips the soil of nutrients and needs lots of ferticlizer for other crops after it. So while you are growing food, you are killing the growth value for crops.

25 posted on 11/20/2006 12:42:59 PM PST by llevrok (You can't plant the seed of freedom by pulling out early !)
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To: zbigreddogz

There you go!!


26 posted on 11/20/2006 12:44:44 PM PST by Roses0508 (Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.)
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To: Zakeet
How's the cure for cancer coming??? Is there a bigger demand for edible cotton??? Granted, I was a communications major, so I'm not really "up to speed" with all this "science stuff ", but I really thought finding a cure for cancer would be a good place to spend time and money.
27 posted on 11/20/2006 12:47:10 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: Zakeet
We could finally conquer world hunger.

I was thinking more in terms of new and improved edible panties.

28 posted on 11/20/2006 12:48:06 PM PST by 12B
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To: Liberty Tree Surgeon
Millions? Can you site a source?

Implied several places through the type of research, amount of work, number of researchers, their level of involvement, and length of time required to produce the new veggie. One Aggie source can be found here.

29 posted on 11/20/2006 12:48:27 PM PST by Zakeet (Be thankful we don't get all the government we pay for)
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To: TomGuy

Real Americans go to A&M.

30 posted on 11/20/2006 12:49:48 PM PST by fishtank
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To: Zakeet

The question is, WHY?


31 posted on 11/20/2006 12:50:09 PM PST by RockinRight (There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.)
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To: Zakeet
Some folks already eat cotton.

Will Farrell as 'Buddy' in movie Elf

32 posted on 11/20/2006 12:50:50 PM PST by TChris (We scoff at honor and are shocked to find traitors among us. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: llevrok

That's why the peanut was invented.


33 posted on 11/20/2006 12:54:21 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: WOSG
Aggies doing science? I'll eat my shorts!

Feel free to eat mine. Gig 'em!

34 posted on 11/20/2006 12:58:17 PM PST by Gulf War One
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To: Gulf War One

http://www.f22major.com/Photos/Military/Air%20Force/Fighters/F-16%20Viper/F-16%20Viper/Kyle%20Field.html

Kyle Field Photos

On November 26, 1999, the Texas A&M Aggies and the University of Texas Longhorns squared away in their annual post-Thanksgiving Day game. However, this game was different. It was 8 days after the tragic Bonfire collapse which killed 12 students and injured 27 others. As a tribute to these students, four former Aggies from the 457 Fighter Squadron, the "Spads" based in Forth Worth, Texas, made a flyby of Texas A&M's Kyle Field, where the game was being held, in the "missing man" formation. This is an old tradition of the air forces that is held as a memorial to fallen comrades. A four-ship formation will fly over the spot where people are gathered to remember their friends and comrades-in-arms, and just as they are the over the observers, the #3 man in the formation will pull up suddenly and the other 3 aircraft will continue on their course. This creates a hole or "missing man" in the formation, honoring the fallen. These photos, viewed from the #3 aircraft as he is pulling up, capture the entire field and audience, and make a vivid demonstration of the feelings of the Aggies after this terrible incident.


35 posted on 11/20/2006 12:59:16 PM PST by fishtank
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To: Zakeet

Let them eat cotton.


36 posted on 11/20/2006 1:00:42 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Zakeet

Yea but can you chicken fry it?


37 posted on 11/20/2006 1:01:16 PM PST by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: fishtank

BTHOtu


38 posted on 11/20/2006 1:02:42 PM PST by Gulf War One
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To: Zakeet
OH MY GAWD!!!!

Milo Minderbender was right...... we're all members of the corporation and now we're rich!!!

I'm going to go tell Yosarrian, Arfy and Major Major.....

39 posted on 11/20/2006 1:05:07 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: somniferum

ya beat me..... ya bastid...hahahahahaha.... I'm off to Egypt to get our share of the profits.


40 posted on 11/20/2006 1:06:24 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Zakeet

But, Cotton Candy has been around for years :-)


41 posted on 11/20/2006 1:06:55 PM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Zakeet

42 posted on 11/20/2006 1:07:31 PM PST by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: TomGuy
The story behind that pictures makes perfect sense.

When it looked like Hurricane Rita was going to pass directly over College Station, places began to board up. They could not hang the wood on the outside as there was nothing to support it. So it was hung on the inside since it would still protect the contents of the building.

43 posted on 11/20/2006 1:09:25 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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While I understand the humor posts this is actually big/good news. Cotton is an important cash crop in many undeveloped countries and if the seed/meal can be made edible for humans it could help feed a lot of people. It's going to be grown irregardless because of the cash value of the fiber.
44 posted on 11/20/2006 1:13:16 PM PST by nomorelurker (wetraginhell)
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To: Kozak; weegee

Kozak over weegee by 27 seconds!


45 posted on 11/20/2006 1:15:27 PM PST by houeto (Imagine the USA with a conservative MSM!)
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To: Zakeet

yes, but can you make liquor out of it?


46 posted on 11/20/2006 1:18:41 PM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: Zakeet

I'll be impressed when they make steak you can wear.


47 posted on 11/20/2006 1:20:37 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: llevrok

Cotton also is one of the most highly pesticide treated crops with boll weevils, bollworms, cutworms, bugs, budworms, thrips, aphids, whiteflies, armyworms, mites, and loopers attacking the crop. Many times early treatments for boll weevil kill off the beneficial insects that would protect the crop against the other pests. Additional treatments are then be needed to kill these pests.


48 posted on 11/20/2006 1:20:43 PM PST by Muleteam1
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To: fishtank
Class of '84.

Sorry to hear that....

(Son of an Aggie - but I'm getting over it)

49 posted on 11/20/2006 1:21:53 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: Zakeet

This is going to revolutionize the edible panties industry.


50 posted on 11/20/2006 1:27:32 PM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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