Biotech’s Christmas Present—a GMO Apple
This time, the biotech industry isn’t even pretending that its
technology will make life better for farmers, or feed the world, or
reduce the use of pesticides, or any of the other lies it routinely
feeds to consumers. This time, the industry is promising only one
thing—that its latest darling, a genetically engineered apple, will look
prettier after it’s been sliced. Because it won’t turn brown (like a
normal, natural apple).
This latest biotech miracle food could be approved by Christmas.
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) is set to approve the Arctic Apple®, engineered for
the purely cosmetic purpose of preventing browning after it’s been
sliced, sometime this month. Scientists say that not only does the
frankenapple offer no real benefit to consumers, but the technology used
to create it is untested and inherently risky.
Dr. Hart Feur, a Senior Researcher at the University of Bonn, Germany, outlined for the USDA a host of reasons why, from an agricultural perspective, the agency should reject the Arctic Apple.
Unless the USDA heeds
consumers, environmentalists and apple growers, all of whom are speaking
out against deregulation of the Arctic Apple, the first GMO apple could
soon turn up in fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias—even baby
food. With no labels to warn consumers.