An obvious plot to replace traditional Fish and Chips, or as some say Fish and Crisps with just chips saturated with Omega-3 fatty acids?
Genetically modified crops rich in fish oil nutrients could be grown in Britain for the first time within just three months after scientists applied to carry out field trials.
The researchers hope to produce the world’s first sustainable plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, normally found in oily fish, by “cutting and pasting” genes taken from marine algae.
Permission could be given within just three months for the team to start sowing the seeds at the same high-security research site in Hertfordshire where GM wheat trials have successfully taken place in the last two years.
The government-funded project is the first step towards developing more food enriched with vital omega-3 fatty acids which are believed to protect against heart disease.
The fish-oil producing crop is part of a first wave of genetically engineered plants designed to provide vital nutrients.