GMO apples hit the US market
As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This may have had some merit a hundred years ago but today we’re living in a completely different world. With the abundance of pesticides, herbicides and “modern” farming techniques, the food we consume is far different than what our ancestors ate.
As of February 2017, GMO apples are hitting the market in the US in select test stores, which are not being disclosed to the public. That alone should raise some concerns. An enzyme in apple that causes it to brown or oxidize shortly after the skin is broken is being suppressed by way of gene silencing. Using this technique these GMO apples will not brown for 3 weeks. So what’s the big deal, you may ask? Isn’t this a good thing?
The safety of our food is being compromised.
To give you an idea of the dangers lurking in GMOs I will summarize some of the findings on www.responsibletechnology.org.
1. Consuming genetically modified food can cause liver damage
2. Animals fed GM feed had higher death rates and organ damage
3. Mice and rats fed GM soybeans showed the inability to reproduce and, if they could, an infant mortality rate that was 4 to 5 times greater than control groups.
4. GMOs are essentially unnatural as their genes have been modified in a way that would not happen on its own in nature. As such, when consumed, our bodies do not recognize GM food and treat it as foreign. This can cause reactions in the immune system and cause allergic reactions.
In Canada it is not mandatory for food manufacturers to label GMOs but some manufacturers voluntarily label their products as GMO free. The Non-GMO Project is an independent, not for profit group that provide third-party verification of products as GMO free. You can check out their website here: www.nongmoproject.org.
Even though the GMO apple, dubbed the Arctic Apple, was created in Canada, it is not expected to hit Canadian shelves for another few years, although Health Canada has already approved its apparent safety.
So, how do you avoid GMOs? Check out my post on How to Shop GMO free.