Shop less for more due to plant biotechnology


(NC)—Many Canadians are facing the challenge of a tight grocery budget. At the same time, families have developed some great solutions to stretch their grocery budget.

Cooking in large batches and freezing leftovers is a tried and true method that allows savvy shoppers to take advantage of bulk discounts. It gives them the added benefit of skipping the takeout menus when they aren't in the mood to cook after a long day.

Another tactic is to shop less often. The majority of consumers grocery shop on a weekly basis, but there are many benefits to reducing your trip to the grocery store to every other week.

Families who have tried this approach find that it encourages them to plan more carefully and be more creative in the kitchen. The other benefit is that they use up what is in their fridge which leads to less wasted food.

Others aren't too keen on this approach because they think it limits the fresh fruits and vegetables that they would buy because these foods would spoil before they are eaten.

Researchers are looking into ways to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables like apples, tomatoes, bananas, melons and potatoes through plant biotechnology. This is just one of the benefits that plant biotechnology can deliver, researchers say. Other benefits include nutritionally enhanced foods and the removal of allergy causing proteins in milk and peanut butter.

Given the potential benefits that this technology can have on grocery cart staples, it's worth learning more about. Many Canadians will be surprised to learn about the high level of research and health and safety testing foods made using plant biotechnology go through. This extensive process takes time, but shows how safe this technology is.

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