Look Out! More GMO Foods are Headed to Your Store!

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The Arctic apple won’t turn brown within a few minutes after cutting it open. They believe this will lead people to buy more, as well as eat more apples. When they can cut open an apple, eat half today, and eat the other half the next day, it won’t have that unappealing brown color to it.

The truth is that since this apple won’t be marked as GMO, and all foods containing apples will now be suspect, people will probably eat fewer apples since all apples will now be suspect of being GMO. Although fresh apples should have the “Arctic” sticker, which tell people that the fruit is a GMO product, most people simply won’t remember which name is the GMO product, or they will worry that the label came off. Rather than risk their health, they will simply shun all apples and apple products and choose some other type of fruit.

This food company accomplished this non-browning feature by genetically suppressing the PPO gene (polyphenol oxidase), which is responsible for the brown color after cutting apples.

Although this might sound fairly harmless, turning off this gene might reduce the fruits nutritional polyphenols, which is one of the many things that make apples so healthy! By altering this gene, you might need to change that old saying to “An Arctic apple a day, hope the doctor is a phone call away.”

What is the point of eating more apples if you have removed the very gene that makes them healthy?  If all you get from an apple is fiber, you might as well eat sawdust.

Here is another thing to consider: How do you know that those apple slices you are buying are fresh? Since they will no longer turn brown, perhaps your supermarket or even vendors at schools and county fairs won’t have a problem selling you their three or four week old apple slices? How will you know when you are eating fresh apples or not?

This gene is also heavily involved in a plant’s natural defense against pathogens or insect invasion. This means these trees could be less healthy or, in the case of insect infestation, this simply means that they will spray these apples with even more pesticides than they already receive. It’s hard to imagine what that might mean since apples are already one of the most contaminated fruits on the planet in terms of insecticide use. They are always at the top of the dirty dozen list every single year.

Now imagine supermarkets everywhere filled with GMO bananas, cherries, oranges, pears, cherries, and apples. People might be willing to eat more of them, and they might even be thinking that they are eating healthy fruits and vegetables, when all they are consuming are tastier versions of sawdust with very little nutritional value.

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