DO APPLES REALLY NEED A BIOTECH REMAKE?

Wow! – another astonishing scientific breakthrough has been made! "The benefit is something that can be identified just about by everybody," exulted Neal Carter, who helped produce this long-awaited advance for humankind.

Wow! – another astonishing scientific breakthrough has been made! “The benefit is something that can be identified just about by everybody,” exulted Neal Carter, who helped produce this long-awaited advance for humankind.

Is it a cancer cure? No, bigger than that. Is it a free, clean, perpetual source of energy? No, bigger even than that. What we have here is – are you ready? – apple slices that don’t turn brown!

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Is this fabulous, or what? Non-browning apple slices – another marvel from the biotechnology profiteers who love to mess with the genetic make-up of the world’s food supply. And this is truly a global accomplishment. The science of non-browning was pioneered in potatoes by Australian gene-splicers, who licensed it to Carter, a Canadian peddler of apple trees who hopes that American apple growers will now rip out their old-fashioned natural orchards and plant these biotech wonders of modern science.

But it’s going to be a hard sell. “Genetically modified,” said the head of Washington State’s apple commission, “that’s a bad word in our industry.” He’s referring to the fact that consumers routinely reject foods they know to be altered. In fact, consumers are demanding more organic production, not stuff from a gene factory.

Also, Carter could not have chosen a worse product to turn into a lab rat. Apples are the very symbol of nutrition and health, a perfect snack for children. Why mess with it? Besides, mothers know that a little lemon water is all it takes to keep apple slices from browning.

This technology has no benefit for consumers, but it could fatten the bottom line of big-box retailers, allowing them to sell old, inferior apples that look fresh only because they’re still white. To learn more call the Center for Food Safety 202-547-9359.

“USDA Asked to Approve GMO Apple That Won’t Brown,” www.abcnews.com, November 29, 2010

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