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Are cacao trees worth the research?

Candy maker Mars has partnered with IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a years-long project to identify the genetic sequencing of the cacao tree, which produces the seeds used to make chocolate. The $10 million project is an effort to help farmers breed stronger, more disease-resistant trees.

By Jodi Westrick  |  September 14, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You can't imitate nature. There will be side effects that none of the participants will agree are true.

Posted by: shamken | September 15, 2010 6:26 AM

The bigger question is why anyone thinks this poll is worth the effort. How could anyone outside of a few experts with technical training and business experience make any kind of informed judgement? But ten million dollars is not very much money to spend on any activity that has a real potential to have any kind of long term return. So my guess is that this activity is probably pretty much a no brainer who anyone who has any idea of what they are doing.

Posted by: dnjake | September 15, 2010 7:31 AM

It baffles me, it irks me that 78% of the people who voted considers this a 'good investment'.

Yeap, the little people are the fodder from which billionaires and politicians get fat.

Posted by: coqui44 | September 15, 2010 10:44 AM

This research protects the work of millions employed at every level of production, from grower to consumer. While the continued availability of chocolate in the stores is not earth shatteringly important, the investment in jobs, and the science of horticulture is very important.

I was pleased to note that the release of this information will prevent anyone from patenting the DNA sequence for cacao. That would be both absurd and economically harmful to the average consumer.

Posted by: geni13 | September 15, 2010 3:11 PM

Another example of the goverment submitting to big interest while wasting taxpayers money. I was under the impression that the Department of Agriculture was there to make food more nutritious not to make the american people more fat with junk. Someone should keep an eye on these people.

Posted by: diecast99 | September 16, 2010 10:25 AM

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