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Are GE Potatoes Coming to a Store Near You?: Tell the USDA No!


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Kathy
- 433 days ago - act.foodandwaterwatch.org
Meet the genetically engineered (GE) potato: it's virtually indistinguishable from normal potatoes, except that it bruises less easily... and that its long-term health effects are completely unknown.



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Kathy B. (98)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:25 pm
Petition

Stop the Approval of GE Potatoes

Dear

J.R. Simplot's proposed genetically engineered (GE) potatoes are under-tested and potentially unsafe for human consumption. I urge you to stop the approval of this new GE crop.

The genes altered in J.R. Simplot's potato are designed to suppress the normal functions of some of the potato's enzymes, including the enzyme that causes black-spot bruising. But we don't know if that's all they do -- a modification in just one enzyme can unintentionally affect a plant's other characteristics as well. For example, the same enzyme that affects bruising also plays a role in protecting the potato plant from pests and pathogens. Engineering like this could have unintended, as-yet-unknown harmful effects on human health, yet the new crop has been grossly under-tested for safety.

These health concerns are compounded by the fact that J.R. Simplot's potatoes will likely be unlabeled on supermarket shelves and in processed foods. This means consumers will not know whether they are purchasing a genetically altered potato, and will have no way to avoid these GE foods if they prefer not to eat them.

I urge the USDA to stop the approval of this GE potato (Docket No. APHIS-2012-0067), due to its potential risks to human health.
 

Christeen Anderson (473)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:49 pm
Signed.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:05 pm

Good grief Charley Brown does it ever end? Now potatoes!

Thanks for signing the petition to stop GE potatoes!
 

Sue H. (7)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:06 pm
Noted and So Signed, thanks. Ggrrrr
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:12 pm
Done.
 

AniMae Chi (399)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:41 pm
Thanks for signing the petition to stop GE potatoes!
 

Esther Z. (101)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:45 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:00 pm
S&N THANKS
 

Natalie V. (27)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:15 pm
noted / signed
 

Elderberry C. (47)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:27 pm
signed & tweeted TY
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:16 pm
Noted and Signed
 

Roseann D. (178)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:17 pm
Plus, we already know GMO foods have zero nutritional value and destroy your organs, and digestion tract, cause cancerous tumors and infertility. Gawd knows what else. Mr. PotatoHead with the face and glasses is the closest I want to get to a potato fake-simile.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:13 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday June 14, 2013, 5:26 pm
SO SIGNED
 

serge vrabec (279)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:47 pm
That spud aint no dud, it will kill you ! thanks kathy :):)
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:07 pm
Lets not get paranoid here
 

ONBrakNoMESPLEZ D. (81)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:40 pm
Signed * Grow your own or let that sutff sit right on the shelf!!
They throw away enough they will soon get the message!!
Thank You
 

GGmaSheila D. (152)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:01 pm
Scary - signed. The problem I see is that the poor, and those who have no idea what this food is - like those the GOP has hoodwinked. These are the people who wil buy and consume these foods. Sad.
 

Jeanne Rogers (712)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 6:58 pm
Signed and sickened.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 12:26 pm
done
 

Sharon Davidson (345)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:22 am
all these genetic crops they are trying to push on societ are going to harm us all,why can't they just leave nature alone and plant what the good lord gave us thats real food
 

Kyle N. (0)
Monday October 21, 2013, 9:02 pm
Anyway to stop blackspot, resist potato beetles, potato blight diseases I'M ALL FOR IT! You have no clue how much it costs to control these pests.
 

Andrea W. (39)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks!
 
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