After arrogantly submitting a measly 2 pages of actual company documentation in its request for Canadian approval of its heavily modified, “no brown” GMO apple, biotech firm Okanagan Specialty Fruits has set its sights on a quick release in the USA.
The USDA announced on its website a 60 day public comment period commencing July 9, 2012 before making a final decision on the subject per the company’s request.
According to polls, 69% of Canadians oppose this new GMO abomination with no doubt a similar or even higher number opposing in the United States given that 90% of Americans support honest labeling of frankenfoods.
Watchdog groups are scrambling to quickly amass opposition even as PhD biotech researchers admit that the resulting proteins created in GMO foods are unpredictable at best, a “normal” byproduct of the genetic engineering process.
Kirk Azevedo, former Monsanto employee turned whisteblower warns:
“I saw what was really the fraud associated with genetic engineering. My impression, and I think most people’s impression with genetically engineered foods and crops and other things, is that it’s just like putting one gene in there and that one gene is expressed….But in reality, the process of genetic engineering changes the cell in such a way that it’s unknown what the effects are going to be.”
Of course, this is exactly why informed consumers are so greatly concerned with the rapid proliferation of GM foods in the food supply as unknown and unpredictable gene changes would likely correlate over the long term with unforeseen and perhaps lethal health consequences to those that consume them.
If approval of GMO apples that don’t brown when cut or bruised (thereby appearing fresh when they are not) is disturbing to you, please click here to fill out a short form telling the USDA exactly where it can put them apples.
Update: According to the Washington Times, the GMO, no brown apple may be deregulated by the FDA and allowed in the US food supply by the end of 2013.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Source: Genetically Modified Apples Newest GMO Creation
Elisabeth Tull via Facebook
You are right, Anita Messenger. Yet, I still would be remiss if I didn’t go on record with my complaints.
Anita Messenger via Facebook
Please understand that the USDA is INCORPORATED now and in PARTNERSHIP with these mega-agri corporations such as Monsanto – that’s why they will not listen to *us* anymore. It’s been like this for some years now. Most, if not all, of our government entities are now incorporated including our federal government. Our Founding Fathers had strong words about us ever allowing corporations to gain control…too late now.
Erin Barabe' Frierson via Facebook
thanks for sharing this link.
Vintage Motherhood via Facebook
I don’t trust the USDA to regulate my food because they deem plenty of nutritionally-dense foods like raw milk illegal and then approve genetically-modified apples for consumption. Why bother contacting the USDA? The whole organization should be eighty-sixed.
thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook
@Stephy it is unfathomable from our perspective as Moms and caregivers. But from a company’s perspective, brown apples are lost product and lost revenue so a GMO apple that doesn’t bruise and consumers are fooled into buying bad fruit and eating it makes sense to them from a pure profit motive. Of course, it isn’t an ethical approach to business but few businesses are ethical anymore :((
Stephy Steph via Facebook
Its so dumb. its purely cosmetic. We have been eating apples this way for centuries, why is it not good enough all of a sudden that it needs genetic modification? Take care of your apples, and they wont get bruised. Its not rocket science.
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Hannah Jones via Facebook
I sent my response, hope this gets turned down!
Michael Farinha via Facebook
I just sent in both responses.