Biotech Apple: Is It Necessary?
By Paul Rutkovsky
Here we go again, another genetically engineered “whole food” that is untested and will be unlabeled. The Arctic® Apple will have toxic pesticide residues and is untested by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA). It does not require approval by the FDA, which is responsible for human food and animal feed. It only needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), responsible for protecting agriculture from pests and diseases. These new high-tech apples will be cheap, priced lower than a pesticide-free, nutrient-dense, old-fashioned organic apple that turns a little brown after you slice it up.
Why do we need a biotech apple? This apple will not turn brown when you bite into it or slice it up! This will be an important new product for the food industry—an apple that can be sliced and displayed for a week without any discoloring. Plus, this apple has already received an award. The “Gold Leaf Award for Early Stage Agriculture” went to Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. of Canada, even before it goes on the grocery shelves for sale. The Biotech Industry gathered last April in Chicago for the BIO International Convention and gave the Gold Leaf Award to the Arctic® Apple.
It seems like the food industry focuses completely on how to efficiently deliver a well-packaged and branded product that has days, weeks, or months of shelf life, is cheap to produce and has a large profit margin. Since the GMO is not tested, nutritional value and any health benefits of the product seem to be a secondary concern. We are the experiment/test. When we live in an environment that has delivered nearly 80,000 manufactured chemicals since World War II, and less than 25 percent have been tested, it’s easier to understand why we defer to the corporate experts when it comes to our health and what we put into our bodies.