Calyxt’s Calyno Oil is the first product to be genetically edited in order to meet the preferences and health requirements of consumers.
The oil was developed to have fewer saturated fats and zero trans fats. A restaurant in the Mid-West of the United States has already put it into use.
The battle over how to regulate the new technology is ongoing. It has been touted that genetically edited (altering internal genes) foods require less regulation than genetically modified foods (input of external genes).
Calyxt states the oil is “non-GMO”.
This signals the shift from utilizing genetic engineering and modification to help the farmer on the production side (increasing yield or plant durability) to focusing on consumer wants.
So far, most of the legislation and development has been around improving the crops for cultivation not consumption. Japan is leading Asia’s swift adaption and their ministry of health is on the cusp of allowing GE food’s to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations.
The social and legal adaption of genetically edited foods, enabling them to pass into public consumption, seems to be happening much more quickly and quietly than for GMOs, which faced many years of debate.