USDA APPROVES GMO APPLE THAT DOESN’T TURN BROWN WHEN SLICED

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By Blaze and Spitfire AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

On Friday the USDA approved the first GMO apple. What makes them so special? They don’t turn brown when cut or bruised. Even though GMO food is a huge part of our diet, this one makes me wonder if it is safe to eat.

CNN reports:

The Food and Drug Administration is not required to approve genetically engineered crops for consumption. Most companies engage in a voluntary safety review process with the FDA, and Okanagan is doing that.

“This is really huge. It’s what we’ve waited almost five years for with regulatory approval,” says Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the Canadian company that engineered the apples. “Now we can get down to business planting trees and selling Arctic apples. We’re stoked.”

To create their Granny and Golden varieties, Okanagan turned off an enzyme that causes apples to turn brown. “These are called ‘nontarget effects,’ and I’m comfortable and confident this hasn’t happened,” says Carter. “We’ve had them in the ground and have been watching them grow for 12 years, compiling data and statistics. The trees produce flowers and fruit of the same composition and analysis [as conventional apples].”

Scientists working on genetically engineered plants and animals typically add — rather than remove — genes to formulate more desirable variations of their products. For example, a GMO salmon, engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, is mostly Atlantic salmon — with a Pacific salmon gene added to make it grow faster, plus an added eel gene to make it grow year round.

They predict the first batch of these apples will be in supermarkets by 2016, even though people are skeptical and don’t trust this. Myself, I think I will stick with organic when possible. It’s your choice as a consumer to make the decision to buy these apples. What do you think about them? 

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