TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Say “No” to Genetically-Engineered Apples…..That Don’t Turn Brown

Written by Max Goldberg on December 2, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

If you’re a citizen of the U.S., you know that apple pie, baseball, and July 4th day parades are just a few examples of classic Americana.

But if a biotechnology company gets its way, one of these iconic symbols will lose its purity forever and could put the health of our children at risk.

A Canadian company is close to receiving USDA approval for a genetically-engineered (GE) apple. And the most scary part about this GE-apple is that it doesn’t turn brown when sliced open, a normal part of the oxidation process.

Does the apple industry want this GE-apple?

Absolutely not.

The U.S. Apple Association, Northwest Horticultural Council (which represents Washington apple growers, who grow over 60% of the apples in the U.S.), British Columbia Fruit Growers Association and other grower groups have already voiced their disapproval of these GE-apples due to the negative impact they could have on farmers growing organic and non-GE apples, and the apple industry as a whole.

Could these GE-apples contaminate nearby organic apple farms and other non-GE apple farms?

Yes.

And if this happens, these organic apple orchards will lose their organic certification, putting their owners in serious financial peril and decreasing the amount of organic apples in the marketplace.

Could these unlabeled GE-apples end up being consumed by innocent babies and kids?

Yes.

They could find their way into non-GE fruit slices, juice, baby foods or apple sauce at the processing level, products predominantly consumed by children and babies who are at increased risk for any adverse health effects.

How do we know that these apples are safe for human consumption? 

We don’t know that they are safe for human consumption. No long-terms studies on humans ever been conducted on these GE-apples.

Furthermore, a group of leading European scientists recently declared that there is “no consensus” on GMO safety, contrary to what the food industry would like us to believe.

Who benefits from a GE-apple?

The biotech company making this extremely unnecessary food product, Okanagan, and the chemical companies who are selling the toxic pesticides to be sprayed on it.

From what I have read, Okanagan’s non-browning “Arctic” apple would be first commercialized in Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties.

What can you do to stop this GE-apple from ever hitting the market?

Click HERE and tell the USDA not to approve this very risky fruit. The deadline to comment is December 16th, so it is important that you act quickly.

Or, if you want to comment directly to the USDA, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Thank you for your support and please forward this post to people in your network. It is imperative that the USDA hears from every single one of us.

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5 Comments

  1. What is wrong with using lemon juice to prevent the browning which has been used for years and years and it doesn’t harm anyone. I signed the petition and posted it on facebook.

    Written by Deb on December 3, 2013 @ 6:10 am
  2. Thanks for signing and sharing, Deb!!

    All the best,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 11, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
  3. Thanks for posting this Max. This is one of the stupidest GMO ideas yet. No claims of increased yield or decreased pesticide/herbicide use. Only aesthetics. It’s so dumb.
    I’m glad the big apple industry companies are opposed.

    Written by Mike Luque on December 16, 2013 @ 12:44 pm
  4. I signed it, I don’t believe we need any help with our foods, why don’t they just leave nature alone.

    Written by Thea on December 16, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
  5. I wonder how long it will be before aren’t afraid of genetic modification just because it seems “unnatural.” If you’d like to read about the science behind this (instead of being an alarmist that responds to pathos-soaked phrases like “lose its purity forever” or harming “innocent babies and kids”), I found an article here that explains it pretty well: http://www.arcticapples.com/blog/julia/how-did-we-make-nonbrowning-apple#.UthWNJ5_tCh

    Genetic modification is a powerful tool that allows us to improve our foods for everybody. Let’s stop making uninformed judgments about GMOs for no reason except that they’re called GMOs. The worst condemnation that could be made about GMOs based on the research that exists today is that they are, as far as we know, harmless, although there could be effects that we don’t yet know of. Of course, that describes basically everything, since there is always more knowledge to acquire about anything. For all we know, someday we’ll find out that using cell phones actually DOES give you brain cancer. But it probably doesn’t, does it?

    Written by Bob on January 16, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

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