It is the peak of watermelon season and some consumers will only buy the seedless variety. So, have you wondered why some watermelons have seeds and some do not (the appearance of the mini/ “personal” watermelons is also fascinating for me but that is a topic for another post!) ? The explanation is here, basically this variety has been developed by a two step process: first, one type of watermelon is treated with a chemical that doubles the number of chromosomes and then it is cross bred with another variety to achieve the final product which contains no seeds. There is no genetic engineering involved but there are changes involved at the chromosomal level. Would this change the way we categorize this fruit? And if not, then why is labeling GM so crucial? An informed discussion is essential.
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