Japan grows the world's first genetically modified decaf coffee bean.
By Michael RosenwaldPosted 09.02.2003 at 6:53 pm 0 Comments
Here's another item to make the foes of genetically modified foods jittery: decaf coffee with the same smoothness, aroma and taste as a regular cup of joe-minus the kick in the pants. Well, almost. While scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have, for the first time, grown genetically engineered coffee plants that contain 70 percent less caffeine than normal, it will take upwards of four years for the plants to sprout beans. Then it will take a few more years for the crop to brew through the regulatory process in both Japan and the United States.