GMO non-browning apples to be sold in the United States – despite public outcry

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gmo-apple(NaturalHealth365) As of February 10, GMO apples are due to hit store shelves in the United States – with a deliberately non-informative label.

The move is not so much a commercial roll-out as a cautious trial balloon – the “non-browning” Artic apple, developed by Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, will be offered in only 10 selected, unnamed stores across the American Midwest.

GMO apple will not be identified as such – for fear of “demonization”

Despite a statement in which the apple’s developer promised to “label and brand” the apple, it will not be labeled as a GMO – because the developer of the apple, OSF founder and president Neal Carter, doesn’t want it to be “demonized” with a “big GM sticker.”

So, only tech-savvy customer will be privy to the information. To find out the GM status, consumers will be forced to use a scanner code on the package – which takes them to a website.

The browning of apples is a normal, natural chemical reaction, caused by an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase. With the Arctic apple, the gene for oxidase has been blocked, or “silenced.” The apples will be sold sliced – presumably to showcase their lack of oxidation.

Consumer alert: GMOs are associated with major health problems

GMOs have been linked to infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, and changes in the gastrointestinal system – to name just a few of the dangers. According to The Institute for Responsible Technology, a consumer advocate group, FDA scientists have repeatedly warned that GM foods can produce ‘unpredictable and dangerous consequences,’ with the creation of new proteins in GM foods triggering allergies, nutritional problems – and new diseases.

Some natural health advocates have theorized that this limited sale of GM apples is an experiment on the human population – designed by the powers that be – to see if and when adverse reactions occur.

No protection in sight from U.S. government agencies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Arctic apple in February of last year, claiming it was unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to other plants in the U.S., and would not have a significant impact on the human environment. Within weeks, Canada followed suit, with Health Canada claiming that there was no evidence that the apple would affect allergies, or that its nutritional content differed from any other conventional apple.

The FDA is not required to approve genetically engineered crops for consumption. However, there is a voluntary safety review process – which Okanagan chose to have the apple undergo.

The U.S. Apple Association has taken a neutral stance, saying that consumers deserve a choice, and that ultimately the marketplace will decide if there is a demand for non-browning apples.

Genetically altered apples offered for sale despite consumer outcry

According to OSF founder and president Neal Carter – who developed the apple – the Arctic apple is the “most tested and scrutinized…probably the safest apple in the world.”

But environmentalists and GM opponents – such as Tony Beck of the Society for GE Free BC — beg to differ.

Beck notes concerns by scientists of “serious health and environmental concerns about GMO crops,” and warns of the possibility of contamination from the GM apple, with new generations cross-pollinating with conventional apples.

Although Carter dismisses these concerns as “pseudoscience” and “paranoia,” it is clear that a vast majority of the public remains concerned about genetically modified foods. In a poll commissioned by the British Columbia Fruit Grower’s Association, 69 percent opposed approval of the GM apple.

And, the Canadian Bio-Technology Action Network – which represents 17 different advocacy groups concerned about GMOs in foods – took their objections on the road, visiting 32 communities across British Columbia and Alberta to speak out against the Arctic apple.

In a way, the “Arctic apple” name is fitting, with natural health advocates and environmentalists maintaining that it will be a bitterly cold day down below before they eat – or accept – this harmful food product.

Meanwhile, the U.S. debut of the Arctic Golden Delicious apple is on its way. Let the buyer beware.

References:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/non-browning-arctic-apple-concerns-gmo-opponents-1.2426494
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/gmo-apple-canada-1.3943058?cmp=rss
https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/health/apples-genetically-modified-on-sale-soon

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  • John

    Apples used to be loaded with ZINC, but take most any apple from a store and test it for ZINC and you will see that there is little to none. Most of the apples do not test good energetically speaking and I find very few that are acceptable. The Braeburn apple tests good most of the time. Fuji apples like many other test terrible. This means there is something bad in or on the apple. I also suggest pealing the apple before eating. Banana’s test great most of the time as do Raspberries. Strawberries, most blueberries do not test well either. I find good blueberries about 20% of the time and it doesn’t seem to show organic or non-organic as the criteria.

  • GoldenAutumn

    This is, to put it mildly, infuriating. Our gov’t has been so corrupt and gotten away with too much for far too long. Clearly, they have NO concern for the American citizens, the alternative science and research, nor what we want–LABEL GMO’s! The Dept of Ag failed me horribly a decade ago when I developed cheyletiella from my cats. I delivered samples to the DoA but instead, they ignored it, and denied any problem despite visible lesions on my skin. It took an astute vet dermatologist who took me seriously and figured it out. I don’t trust the DoA as far as I can throw a grand piano. And never will until we get someone appointed who takes labelling, GMO’s, CAFO’s, and use of pesticides, etc., seriously.

  • sardonicus

    The Arctic Apple in my local grocer in Canada is in a cello bag, like a small chip bag and you’ll be able to see that it contains pre-sliced apple segments. It’s kept in a cooler unit near the produce dept.

  • Leonard B. Wallace

    Whats the problem? Don’t buy them.

  • Vincent Kramer

    Please tell me we are winning the war on GMO food. I can’t seem to see the progress we are making. We may get labels, but more items are being genetically modified. We win on one front and not on another.

  • Cheryl Payne

    Well I’m sure glad that I don’t buy any delicious apples, red or gold, but what is going to stop them from making all apples GMO if this test market goes well..criminals one and all for poisoning our food. I’m sorry to see that too many sheeple can’t find the time to read a label or check out this info for themselves including my family.

  • Cheryl Payne

    playing the victim doesn’t help..fighting against the establishment does..our dollars count when ever we buy something so your fight can start there by education and buying smarter..

  • Cheryl Payne

    I used to have a recipe in my file box for debugging apple trees instead of chemicals and all it was was a cut out plastic bottle wit bleach in it..having never owned an apple tree I never had the opportunity to put it to the test but that recipe came from a grand mother of a friend..old time solutions.

  • Cheryl Payne

    President Trump has a restaurant that is organic so I would hope he would be a lot more open to nixing GMO’s

  • Tanya Reeder

    GMO grown fruits and vegetables cannot be labeled Organic, at least for now. If it’s organic, you can pretty much feel good knowing it’s not GMO. Again, at least for now.

  • Tanya Reeder

    I would honestly lend the advice of not wasting your time with the QR code scanner, and here’s why: the DARK act which brought about those QR codes also contains absolutely no repercussions for any company not using even those codes to label their GMO product. There is absolutely zero incentive for compliance or deterrent for non-compliance. Who’s to say you’ll scan a product and be told the truth? Go organic and you won’t have to wonder.