Stay Away…GMO Apples Hit Grocery Stores This Week

While it was originally planned to hit grocery stores in early February, the new genetically-modified apple will begin hitting American grocery stores this week. And, due to non-existent labeling laws for genetically-modified foods in the US, it may be hard to detect. So what’s a conscientious consumer to do? Here are some things you need to know about the new GMO apple and how you can avoid it.

The new apple is known as the Arctic Apple® or Arctic Golden Apple, which is a registered trademark of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. with the US Patents and Trademark Organization. So, you may be able to spot this apple if it bears the trademarked name on any package labels.

The apples have been genetically engineered to be devoid of an enzyme that causes real apples to oxidize and brown when their flesh comes in contact with the air. The GMO apple does not brown so it may last indefinitely on grocery store shelves. According to the Organic Consumers Association, up to 400 Midwest grocery stores have started selling the apples in their stores.

According to the organization, the apples are currently being sold as packaged, cut apples. So, if you’re trying to avoid GMO apples you may be able to avoid it, at least for now, by avoiding pre-cut apples. Not only will you avoid the GMO apples but you’ll also reduce the amount of packaging that clutters our landfills and frequently finds its way into our waterways.

According to the website of the company behind the genetically-engineered Arctic Apple: “Our Arctic® apple trees grow and behave in the orchard, blossom and bear fruit just like their conventional counterparts. We’ve got almost 10 years of test orchard experience to document that. Arctic® apples are also compositionally and nutritionally similar to conventional apples…”

While that all sounds great in theory and the company claims 10 years of orchard self-testing, the fact is that the apples have likely undergone no safety testing on humans. Like other GMO foods, they’ve likely been grandfathered through a flawed process that allows companies to submit their own safety tests or none at all because GMO foods and GMO organisms are treated in the same way as their non-GMO counterparts—regulations put into place by politicians that simply do not even come close to adequately protecting consumers. And, I’m not aware of any independent laboratory testing of the apples’ nutritional content, so I’d take the company’s own claims with more than a grain of salt with that apple particularly after the whole Monsanto fiasco.

And while company pats itself on the back for “how much hard work and brain power went into (engineering the GMO apple)” along with its routine claims over the apple’s safety and nutritional equivalency to real apples, they fail to mention the lack of testing required by the regulatory agencies they cite in their safety and nutritional claims.

Says Jessica Brady, a representative of Okanagan Specialty Fruits “After 10 years of field trials and having been deemed safe for food consumption and the environment by CFIA, Health Canada, USDA APHIS and the FDA we are confident that Arctic® apples will be a benefit to producers and consumers.” Okay, Ms. Brady, you neglected to mention the flawed regulatory processes that allow the approvals of genetically-engineered foods.

The company neglected to mention that independent studies of other genetically-modified foods have demonstrated a link to cancer, obesity, kidney disease or kidney failure, autism, allergies or gastrointestinal (GI) disease. Here’s just a sampling:

-A study linking consumption of Roundup Ready corn to the deterioration of liver and kidney function

-A study linking the death of sperm cells to a GMO diet

-A study on pigs showing a link between stomach inflammation and a GMO diet

-A study published in the prominent medical journal The Lancet, linking GMOs to gastrointestinal damage in rats

-A study linking breast tumors, along with severe liver and kidney damage in rats to the consumption of Roundup Ready corn

-A study linking GMO pea consumption to allergies

While cut apples are currently being dumped on an unsuspecting public other GMO-apples or apple products may be coming soon to a grocery store near you. The company’s own trademark suggests that it has plans for “food products, namely processed apples, apple sauce, fresh apple slices, fresh apple cubes and shred, and dehydrated apple slices, cubes and pieces; fruit and vegetable salads” as well as “beverage products, namely, apple juices, apple smoothies; fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies.”

And, there’s little likelihood that the apples or any other GMO food will be labeled any time soon thanks to the federal passing of bill “HR 1599” which has come to be known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act (DARK Act) by the public. So, choosing organic apples that have organic certification may be the only way of avoiding GMO apples now or in the future.

Related:
Exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Doubles Cancer Risk
Is Monsanto Making Us Sterile?
Monsanto’s Roundup Found in Animals with Birth Defects

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

65 comments

Sharon B
Sharon B9 days ago

Thanks for the info

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Carole R
Carole R10 days ago

This is awful scary.

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One Heart inc
One Heart inc11 days ago

Thanks!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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John W
John W11 days ago

Take golden rice, a GMO type of rice with added vitamin A. Millions of children go blind due to vitamin A deficiency and this rice would help stop that.

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John W
John W11 days ago

Is that to say all GMOs are good or safe?
Absolutely not!
I think pesticide-resistant and herbicide-resistant crops are a bad idea. But make food last longer thus reducing food wastage is surely a good idea?

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John W
John W11 days ago

I am always amazed that the very same people who cry from the rooftops that denying climate change (Which no one does) is antiscience can peddle such antiscientific nonsense against GMOs

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Ellie M
Ellie M12 days ago

ty

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Glennis W
Glennis W12 days ago

Very informative very sad Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W12 days ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W12 days ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

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