Simplot says its Innate® GM potato variety was developed using genes only from wild and cultivated Russet potatoes. The company says on a website which explains the background of this biotech potato: “We’ve used modern bioengineering (also known as ‘genetic modification’ or ‘GM’) techniques to bring together some of the best traits from different types of potatoes. Innate potatoes grow just like regular potatoes, but are developed specifically to bruise less and produce less asparagine than other potato varieties.” Simplot points out that the FDA and USDA have extensively reviewed Innate potatoes and found them to be “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.”
Simplot says the second generation of Innate® potatoes contains four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers:
Protection against the late blight pathogen
Reduced bruising and black spot
Reduced asparagine, which contributes to reduced acrylamide in cooked potatoes
Lower reducing sugars, which further contributes to reduced acrylamide while enhancing cold storage capability
On the website Innatepotatoes.com, Simplot publishes a series of short videos where interested folks can learn more about Innate potatoes and find answers the most frequently asked questions about biotech potatoes and sustainable agriculture. The titles of some videos are:
Learn more about how Innate potatoes were developed
Do farmers want to grow biotech potatoes?
Why is a low bruising potato important?
How can a biotech potato help reduce environmental impact?
Why not use traditional breeding to improve the potato?
What are the consumer benefits of Innate® Potatoes?
Links to these videos can be found on this page.