Get ready, the same organization that approved the use of suicide-linked Prozac (with side effects the drug manufacturers knew about before it was put on the market for the public), comes a radical – and somewhat unbelievable – declaration: the new GMO apples and potatoes are perfectly safe!
Better yet, they’re apparently ‘just as nutritious as conventional crops.’ Oh – and chances are you won’t even know you they are GMO. Perfect!
While the news of GMO apples being released is causing a stir, the fruit isn’t the first genetically modified crop that has been approved for planting. Last November the GMO potato was accepted, and was quick to be approved by the FDA, USDA, and EPA. Along with the new GMO apple, the potato is designed to be resistant to browning through alternation of its natural enzymes.
It seems highly predictable the US Food and Drug Administration would deem this round of GMO crops safe, just like with the spuds. Don’t forget, it was back in February 2012, Bloomberg revealed the special ‘speedy approval process’ behind GMO crops being implemented by the USDA: simply, that special exemptions are being made for biotech giants like Monsanto.
But at present, the FDA is ‘still deciding’ whether to require some labeling on the GMOs or not. Chances are, however, they won’t require any labeling requirements to indicate if they’ve been genetically modified. According to Natural Society, the manufacturers will also not be indicating that the products have been modified, though they may place a ‘snowflake logo’ on the apples somehow.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal:
“The FDA is still deciding whether to require labels on the apple or potato, alerting consumers to the traits that make them different from conventional varieties. The agency is unlikely to require a label that identifies the products as being modified.”
When GMO potatoes were approved for planting last November, food experts spoke out against the ‘worrisome’ results of the planting. Here’s what Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D., said about the issue:
“We simply don’t know enough about RNA interference technology to determine whether GE crops developed with it are safe for people and the environment. If this is an attempt to give crop biotechnology a more benign face, all it has really done is expose the inadequacies of the U.S. regulation of GE crops. These approvals are riddled with holes and are extremely worrisome… We need answers to these questions before these potatoes are commercialized.”
Intelligent and on point, Gurian-Sherman, the director for sustainable agriculture and senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) summarized the thoughts of many people around the world.
But now that these produce items have officially been signed off on by the FDA, we enter yet again a new age of genetically modified crops that top experts agree will cause ‘global consequences’ yet to be fully understood.
What are you thoughts on the implementation of GMOs into the food supply – and what about the fact that they likely won’t be labeled?
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