|Dr. Atle Bones, professor of biology at the |
Norwegian University of Science &Technology
Photo: The Research Council of Norway,
Functional Genomics (FUGE), Heidi Bones
Canola and cannabis are two plants cited in the article are research samples. Canola can be rid of its toxic substances when its oil is carefully pressed in the proper manner. What if the toxins were removed completely so that all canola flour could be eaten without health concerns? Authors of the article believe that this would reduce waste and encourage greater production of canola.
Cannabis, one of the fastest growing plants could be gene-modified (GM) to remove its psychoactive chemicals. This would then produce a plant that is solely suitable for fiber production and is exceptionally well-suited for fast-growth in subtropical and dry climates. It could be used for rope, textiles, and paper.
Professor Bones and his colleagues are enthusiastic about gene-modification (GM) technologies. In general, Norway does not support this technology and has limited GM food and crops by imposing trace limitations Bones supports GM technology because he believes that each product "must be assessed in each situation, and like conventionally modified plants, be tested thoroughly before they are approved for production.