We’re making progress!
Even though the first GMO apple was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February 2015, we can still keep it off our plates by getting major food companies to keep it off the market. McDonald’s, Gerber and Wendy’s state that they have no plans to sell genetically engineered apples. But other companies are dragging their feet. We need Burger King and others to commit not to sell GMO apples.
Any way you slice it, a rotten idea
It started with the Arctic® Apple. Now, Intrexon, a leader in the next generation of GMOs, is pushing for the release of another variety of GMO apple. Both are engineered to suppress the production of an enzyme that causes browning when sliced or bruised. But browning in apples can be prevented naturally by applying lemon juice or another source of vitamin C. Why take unnecessary risks for a purely cosmetic trait?
Tell Burger King: Say NO to GMO apples!
Apple growers and consumers alike have rejected GMO apples. The U.S. Apple Association states that genetically engineering could undermine the apple’s image as a healthy and natural food, one that “keeps the doctor away and is as American as, well, apple pie.” Apple farmers are justifiably worried since GMO apples could cause valuable export markets to reject U.S. apples, as has happened with other GMO crops. More than a third of U.S. farmers’ apple revenue comes from exports. The Northwest Horticultural Council also voiced their disapproval. The Council represents Washington apple growers who grow more than 60 percent of all apples and more than 80 percent of organic apples in the U.S.
- Genetically Engineered Apples: Any way you slice it, a rotten idea