About the Petition
A Canadian company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed an “arctic apple” — a genetically modified apple with a longer shelf life. The company claims restaurants and industrial kitchens aren’t buying apples as much because they brown and spoil too quickly.
These “arctic apples”, derived from varieties of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious Apples, are using laboratory methods to insert genes to make apples brown-free. The company isn’t even planning on labeling them as genetically engineered. They might provide information on their website, but not directly at the point of purchase.
Health and agricultural consequences of GE apples are still unidentified. GE pollen from apple trees may contaminate organic fields and drench them in toxic pesticide residue. It is relatively unclear if dsRNA manipulation has harmful effects, and no tests have been conducted to see if these GE apples are even safe. Stand with the Center for Food Safety and demand that the USDA oppose GE apples.
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