A CRISPR Bite, Episode 2 : "Tomatoes"

Last changed: 30 October 2023

Release Date: 4 October 2023.

Can tomatoes made using CRISPR help relieve stress? In this episode, we take you to Japan to learn more about the first CRISPR food available on the market. We also take you back to the 1990s to speak with scientist Dr. Belinda Martineau, who helped create the first GMO whole food, which was also a tomato.

Trailer: Tomatoes (1 min)

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A CRISPR Bite is supported by the Jean Monnet Network, which is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through the GEAP-3 Network of scientists. This podcast does not reflect the views of our funders. 

This podcast was co-written and hosted by Dr. Lauren Crossland-Marr. Our executive producer is Corinne Ruff. She co-wrote, edited and produced the show. Jake Harper edited this episode. The show was sound designed and engineered by Adriene Lilly. Aaron Crossland made our theme music. Rachael Marr designed our logo.  

Thank you to the GEAP-3 team! Special thanks to Matthew Schnurr, Klara Fischer, and Glenn Stone for their support and advice on this podcast. 

Special thanks to Fumino Tamaki for her help with organizing the Japanese interview. 


  • For a firsthand look at the invention of the first GMO whole food, our team highly recommends Dr. Belinda Martineau’s book, First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Foods (2001), available through all major online retailers.  


  • Dr. Belinda Martineau, UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy & Research
  • Haruka Nakata


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The podcast series A CRISPR bite, is part of the research project GEAP3 - Public Perception Hub (GEAP3 - Genome Editing and Agricultural Policy, Practice, and Public Perceptions - an international social science research consortium that explores how key developments in gene editing are framed and governed, with particular focus on agriculture development and social justice).

Link to the Public Perception Hub project webpage: https://wwww.slu.se/geap3 

Link to the GEAP3 website: https://www.geap3.com/

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