I LOVE PLANTS! Plants taste good, look good, smell good, and now they are genetically modifying plants to absorb toxins from the ground! SAY WHAT! Plant Biologists are genetically modifying plants to cleaning up hazardous waste left over by long term pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
Nowadays we have serious technology and really smart researchers who are taking advantage of (in a good way) of nature in order to purify soil as well as the air. A method known as “phytoremediation”, it has been proven by scientist to remove arsenic from the soil.
Take for example, Arabidopsis, a created member of the mustard family, it has been genetically modified to to be arsenic-resistant and to remove the arsenic found in the soil and it collects the hazardous material in its shoots. It has been proven that this plant soaks up 16 times more arsenic that normal Arabidopsis. Though the process might take a while, it is a step forward in the right direction to reduce more harmful chemicals in the environment.