Tell USDA to Keep Apples Natural!

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has genetically engineered an apple that does not brown when it is cut or bruised, which means these apples will appear fresh even when they are not. It would turn the apple into an industrialized product that could be sold in plastic bags instead of as whole fresh fruit.

Some growers, particularly organic ones, worry the anti-browning gene will spread to their apples. While apple pollen does not usually drift very far on the breeze, it can be carried by bees, and cross-pollination would occur without any way to control it. Moreover, other proteins may be getting changed, with possibly unexpected results, as a byproduct of the genetic engineering process.

The USDA has opened a 60-day period for public comments. Tell the agency about the dangers of GMO foods, and tell them you want apples to stay natural!

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  • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


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