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“Elephant Nose” Sniffs for Genetically Modified Stuff in Your Food

by Hazel Chua

Genetically-modified foods are becoming more common as world crop production falls while the population continues to balloon.

Scientists say they’re completely safe, but if you’re not comfortable with chomping down food that’s partially laboratory-made, then you might find the Elephant Nose concept interesting.

Elephant Nose

It’s a small, pen-shaped device that “smells” your food for the presence of any genetically modified organisms. Its designer, Junhyun Kim, explains: “Many people are concerned about the health effects associated with the consumption of GMOs. Elephant Nose was designed to identify the state of foods (GMO/natural, fresh/stale, and so on) using artificial nose technology.”

Elephant Nose

Information about the food is then flashed on the Elephant Nose’s display.

The device, which is also a 2011 red dot design concept winner, has huge potential. What do you think?

[via Yanko Design]

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Comments (3):

  1. Kevin Folta says:

    I’m calling BS on this one. Electronic noses can be made to detect and respond to certain volatiles. None of the current genes engineered into plants changes chemistry to produce a volatile. Keep in mind, these are low-vapor-pressure compounds that would be released by the plant. Enzymes engineered in (Cry, Bt, etc) do not fit this category. But hey, the anti-GMO movement is not based on science, so they’ll probably sell a lot of these.

  2. Saradia says:

    You’re probably right, seeing as how most people worried about that sort of thing are the ones who are too stupid to understand that genes modify naturally anyways. Hello, mutations?

  3. Mary says:

    I think it’s actually a gullibility detector. If you buy this, it’s you.

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