Today is the 20th anniversary of the first sales of the world’s first genetically engineered (GE), commercially available, whole food: the Flavr Savr™ tomato. High-end Flavr Savrs, dubbed “MacGregor’s®” tomatoes, available that day at the State Market IGA in Davis, California, were displayed in a beautiful cart with a canvas awning. The tomatoes carried MacGregor’s stickers, complete with farmer, watering can, and “GROWN FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS” spelled out in all caps. Here’s a photo of one:
and suggesting that MacGregor’s tomatoes not be stored in the refrigerator, the point-of-purchase information briefly explained the genetic engineering process, including the use of the kanamycin-resistance selectable marker gene, to produce Flavr Savr seeds.