Tell USDA No GE Apples!
11 Sep, 2012
USDA to approve a genetically engineered (GE) apple that will not brown when sliced. If approved, Okanagan’s non-browning “Arctic” apple would be first commercialized in Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties.
What’s worse, these unlabeled GE apples are primarily targeted to the fresh-sliced apple market and could also 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. Tell USDA parents do not want to feed their kids GE apples.
Even the apple industry has opposed this genetically engineered product. 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.
We all know that sliced apples turn brown when they’re exposed to oxygen, but they don’t lose any flavor or nutritional value. This GE apple offers no benefit for consumers or producers, and only risk.