Consumers Petition Against New GMO Apple
Organic apples might no longer be the source of many companies’ apple products. The new genetically engineered Atomic apple might soon take the fruit’s place. And both growers and consumers are petitioning against this new GMO apple before it makes its way into the country’s food system.
Arctic apples, which are breeding in many varieties at Okanagan Specialty Fruits, use a genetic modification technology called RNA interference that manipulates the proteins in cells to grow these new non-browning, high-tech apples. While the biotech industry claim the apples are designed to be the “perfect apple for your busy life,” scientists confirm that the GMO Arctic apples pose health risks to humans. Not only does the manipulated RNA get into the body’s bloodstream and digestive system, the pesticide residue also causes a harmful effect.
The truly non-browning, genetically engineered Arctic apple could be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) as soon as December, which prompts a whole new issue when it comes to GMOs in food. While genetically modified organisms have found their way into processed-food products, consumers are concerned about them tainting “fresh whole foods.”
And baby food is one product that many consumers demand remains GMO-free.
A petition recently surfaced, which already collected more than 15,000 signatures, asking Gerber—a significant purchasers of apples—not to use Arctic apples in their baby food products. While Gerber is currently listed as a non-GMO company on the Center for Food Safety list, the company said they have no intention of using the apples, according to the website Inhabitots, but consumers are taking precautionary measures.
Not only is baby food in jeopardy, many consumers are concerned that Arctic apples will be served in school lunches and Happy Meals at fast food restaurants as well as will be used in numerous other companies’ food products.
While an anti-GMO petition asking Gerber to remain GMO-free is taking effect, if the Arctic apple is approved, there will be a few more of its kind.
For more information and to sign the petition, click here.