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GMO oranges?

(article, Culinate staff)

You say "Florida," I say "oranges." The state's citrus industry is second only to Brazil's. But even if you're dubious about the modern processing that goes into producing commercial orange juice, it's hard not to feel sympathy for Florida's orange growers, who are struggling to save their groves. 

As the New York Times reported recently, a disease called citrus greening has been attacking Florida's oranges for several years. Traditional control methods (burning infected trees, applying pesticides) haven't worked. So now the growers are trying to invent a disease-resistant, genetically modified version of the orange tree. 

The best gene options for bacteria-resistant trees so far come from spinach — and pigs. But the biggest hurdle may be consumers themselves. Will they be willing to save the orange even if it's genetically modified?