Cottonseed could become food

LUBBOCK—“The Fabric of Our Lives” may soon feed millions.

A Texas researcher has found a way to reduce toxin in cottonseed that until now could only be eaten by cattle. The bovines’ multiple stomachs gradually digested the poisonous substance called gossypol.

The new seeds can be eaten by pigs, chickens, fish and humans and could show up in protein bars, shakes, breads, cookies and other foods within about 10 years. The amount of cotton already grown worldwide contains enough protein to feed 500 million people per year, researchers said.

“There are a lot of poor people that cannot afford diets that contain a reasonable amount of protein,” said Keerti S. Rathore, the Texas A&M University researcher who made the breakthrough. “It will be nice to be able to utililize this source.” (Associated Press)

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