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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
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
The USDA has
opened a 30-day period for public comments. Tell the agency about the dangers
of GMO foods, and tell them you want apples to stay natural! Please act today, as the
deadline for comments is December 9!
(Please personalize your message if you have the time!)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]