What is the risk, if any, associated with eating a 100th-generation mutated eggplant derived from a radioactive ancestor?

In another word, is that possible that organic toxin will be produced by the mutated plant and is it a good idea to plant it in America? These plant seems very beautiful to me! Ha Ha

Note: The descendant eggplant is not radioactive.

Motivation: There are many mutated eggplants around Japanese power plants.

  • $\begingroup$ If it is not radioactive, why should it be dangerous? Mutations are occuring always and we also introduce changes in plants by selective breeding. Assuming that no toxins are produced, I would say there is no risk about these plants. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jul 13, 2014 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ What mutations happened? $\endgroup$
    – user4518
    Jul 13, 2014 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris non-radioactive plants can be dangerous for many reasons. Toxins, pharmacology, for example. Without more information about the plants, we can't really answer this question. $\endgroup$
    – user4518
    Jul 13, 2014 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Articuno That's why I wrote "assuming no toxins are produced"... $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jul 13, 2014 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ That doesn't add any info though. That's like saying "assuming there is no risk about these plants, I would say there is no risk about these plants." I was answering your question about "if it is not radioactive. .." $\endgroup$
    – user4518
    Jul 13, 2014 at 22:40

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While it's always possible that a mutated eggplant will produce a new toxin, this is very unlikely. I don't know how much higher the mutation rate is near Fukushima than in general but the difference can't be huge. Even if it's, say, 5 or 10 times higher than normal (I'm making up these numbers), the risk is still tiny. Actually, plant breeders sometimes use radiation to produce more variety to work with and we don't worry about that.


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