In case you have not heard, the USDA has recently approved the first Genetically Engineered apple. It’s called the “Arctic Apple.” Now, remember, organic apples are not Genetically Engineered, or “GMOs.” Yet, soon, conventional farmers everywhere will have the option to grow and sell the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties of Okanagan’s non-browning “Arctic” apple.
Let’s get geeky. So how does it not brown? As Nation of Change puts it…” This apple was produced using a relatively new method of genetic engineering, known as RNA interference. This technology uses RNA to silence a target gene, but mounting evidence has shown that meddling with the genes could have unintended effects within the plant and also on organisms that eat the plant. The particular gene targeted by this technology allows the apples to be sliced without turning brown, which could mislead consumers into thinking they are eating fresh apples when they might be eating apples on the verge of rotting. Browning is an important indicator to consumers in determining the freshness of an apple or apple slice. The silenced gene is also heavily involved in a plant’s natural defense against pests and pathogens, which could lead to trees that are less healthy than non-GMO apples and rely on more chemical treatments to ward off pests and disease.” And As the Center for Food Safety explains, “Little understood gene silencing technology will now be unlabeled in common consumer products.”
My question: What’s wrong with a browning apple?
Here’s your current list of supermarket foods containing GMO’s. CORN: Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrup. Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose; Modified food starch. BEET SUGAR: Sugar not specified as 100% cane sugar is likely from GE sugar beets. Grown from white sugar beets. SOY: Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone, Vegetable oil and vegetable protein. CANOLA: Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil) COTTON: Cottonseed oil. ARCTIC APPLE: Coming Soon