Hi Everyone! I’m back from vacation and although I intended to post a new recipe, something came across my radar that I wanted to bring to your attention.
The new Arctic Apple (which doesn’t turn brown after you slice into it) is headed to test markets in the Midwest this February for its debut.
If you read my blog, you’ll pick up on the fact that I am an advocate of eating whole, organic foods as much as possible. The concern I have with this new apple is that, due to changes to food labeling laws, the Arctic Apple is getting a “pass” on clearly labeling it as a GMO (genetically modified) product.
I know there is a lot of debate about whether GMO’d foods are a good or bad thing. Personally, I think Mother Nature has spent a long time figuring out what to feed all the creatures on this planet, so why mess with that? While GMO’d products claim to be more efficient and cost-effective to produce in the short-term, it will take time to find out whether there are any adverse health and/or environmental risks to that technology. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t want me or my family to be part of that experiment. Just sayin’……
The Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org) recently posted an Action Alert, Biting Back, which says: Who stands to benefit from the GMO apple? Not consumers like you. Definitely not apple growers, who have opposed this apple all along. The Arctic Apple benefits no one except Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that now owns the GMO salmon, the GMO mosquito and the GMO apple.
I think an educated consumer is the best kind. So here are links to some articles (both pro and con) about the topic if you’d like to delve into it further: