The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday authorized a genetically modified potato for commercial planting.
The potato, manufactured by the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise, ID, has been configured to emit less of acrylamide - a chemical potentially carcinogenic to humans - when the potato is exposed to high temperatures in the process of making French fries and potato chips.
Other crops in the United States have gotten GE approval, including corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and more, according to The New York Times.
This news comes off the heels of some GMO decisions this election cycle. Time will tell if these potatoes will gain any traction - another GE potato didn't fare so well in the 1990s.