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Functional foods from biotech—an unappetizing prospect?

In the early 1990s, functional foods promised to solve global malnutrition and put palatable options for treating ailments on grocery shelves. Since then, a meager number of products have ripened while the rest have turned sour.

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Figure 1: Field of dreams?

Source: Monsanto, St. Louis, MO, USA

Figure 2: An appetizing dose?

Source: Efficas, Boulder, CO, USA

Figure 3: Public perception of food safety.
Figure 4: Biofortification efforts.


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Powell, K. Functional foods from biotech—an unappetizing prospect?. Nat Biotechnol 25, 525–531 (2007).

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