16 Feb '15, 4pm

USDA approves GMO apples that don't brown

Despite conventional apple growers' concerns that the approval of GMO apples could taint the apple's good reputation , last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the deregulation of non-browning apples . In other words, genetically engineered apples are coming to a grocery store near you. Theses particular GMO apples, created by Canadian biotech firm Okanagan Specialty Fruits, are safe to eat but have been modified so they won’t brown when the peeled fruit is exposed to oxygen. The New York Times reports that Neal Carter, president of Okanagan, says the apples will have links to the Okanagan’s website so consumers “could figure out that the fruit was engineered.” Carter is opposed to labeling the apples as GMO because that would be “demonizing” them. There is much in the NYT piece about the facts surrounding the approval of these apples that I’m frustrated by, ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/usda-approve...

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