Schlagwort-Archive: gmo

There are other problems with the Arctic gmo-Apple

For example, farmers growing them may have to increase their pesticide use—and conventional apples already have some of the highest levels of toxic pesticide residues of any fruit.

> konventionelle äpfel  weisen die höchsten pestizid-rückstände auf von allen früchten …

https://action.organicconsumers.org/content_item/oca-email?email_blast_KEY=1390054

Tell Amazon: Stop Selling Unlabeled GMO Apples!

 

View This Email On the Web

Tell Amazon: Stop Selling Unlabeled GMO Apples!

Arctic Apple AdDear Friend,

Amazon is selling GMO apples, under the brand name Arctic ApBitz Dried Apple Snacks. According to the packaging and advertising, these apples are “wholesome, preservative-free, 100% apples.”

What mother wouldn’t want to feed these apples to her kids?

Probably the mother who finds out that these “wholesome, 100% apples” are 100% GMO.

Sign here to demand that Amazon not sell risky, unlabeled GMO apples.

Arctic ApBitz Dried Apple Snacks are made with GMO apples. But you’d never know it—because neither Amazon nor the snack maker use the words “GMO” or “genetically engineered” anywhere on the package, or in their advertising.

The first GMO apple—known as the “Arctic Apple ®”—was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February 2015. The apples are engineered using dsRNA (or RNAi) technology which, according to some scientists, is “untested and inherently risky.”

The USDA approved the apple on the basis that it “doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.”

But what about humans? Here’s what the scientists we interviewed said:

“Given that the dsRNA from our food, and presumably the Frankenapple, will enter the bloodstream and cells of consumers, safety research should be done BEFORE this GMO apple is put on the grocery shelf to prove that the dsRNA that enters consumers‘ bodies will not harm them. To date, no such research has been reported, so the Frankenapple is flying in the dark.”

The Arctic Apple is engineered to resist browning once it’s been cut. That means consumers won’t know if the apple is fresh.

There are other problems with the Arctic Apple. For example, farmers growing them may have to increase their pesticide use—and conventional apples already have some of the highest levels of toxic pesticide residues of any fruit.

Consumers never asked for “non-browning” apples. And even if they had, why are these apples being used in dried apple snacks? Where browning isn’t even an issue? Maybe because the fresh version of the apples has been rejected by so many grocery chains?

Amazon is deceiving consumers by concealing GMO apples behind clever marketing claims, and promoting them as convenient snacks for kids—without disclosing the truth.

Click here and sign this petition to demand that Amazon get rid of unlabeled GMO apples.

Thank you!

Katherine, for the OCA team

Planning to join Elon Musk on Mars? Then pay no attention to this.

Organic Bytes edited by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
 

Please forward this publication to family and friends, place it on web sites,
print it, duplicate it and post it freely. Knowledge is power!

Organic Bytes is a publication of Organic Consumers Association

6771 South Silver Hill Drive – Finland, MN 55603 – Phone: 218-226-4164 – Fax: 218-353-7652

GMO Apples Hit Store Shelves This Week–but Where?

 

View This Email On the Web

GMO Apples Hit Store Shelves This Week—but Where?

GMO apple scavenger huntDear Friend,

This month, up to 400 Midwest grocery stores started quietly testing packages of sliced “Arctic Apple” GMO apples.

Intrexon, the company marketing the apples, won’t tell us which stores are selling them.

The company also won’t label its apples “GMO” because, according to Intrexon’s CEO: “We didn’t want put ‘GMO’ and a skull and crossbones on the package.”

TAKE ACTION: Help us find the GMO apples! Join the scavenger hunt, November 7 – December 1, to locate the stores selling GMO apples. Sign up here and we’ll send you instructions, talking points, etc.

The Arctic Apple is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers instead of farmers. It was created for purely cosmetic purposes to never brown, no matter how old or rotten it is.
In other words, it’s completely unnecessary.

It’s also risky. The Arctic Apple was developed using a technology that many scientists worry may have unintended, negative consequences—for our health, and the environment.

So why make a GMO apple that consumers don’t need or want? To generate profits for companies like Intrexon.

And guess what? If consumers, many of them unaware they’re buying a GMO product, buy enough of these apples, and generate enough profits for Intrexon, it could open the floodgates to other new risky and unlabeled GMO foods that Big Ag wants to force onto your plate.

The only way to show companies like Intrexon that we don’t want their GMO apples is to not buy them—and convince grocery stores to not sell them.

But first, we have to find them.

TAKE ACTION: Help us find the GMO apples! Join the scavenger hunt, November 7 – December 1, to locate the stores selling GMO apples. Sign up here and we’ll send you instructions, talking points, etc.

This action is simple. Next time you shop, all you have to do is look around for packages of these sliced apples. Ask your grocery store manager if your store carries the packages of Arctic Apple or plans to carry them. Then let us know.

We’ll send you everything you need, including instructions for how to identify the Arctic Apple and what to say to your store manager. Thank you!

– Katherine, for the OCA team