DuPont Pioneer Unleashes New Genetically Modified Soybean Cooking Oil
Submitted by Food Democracy Now on January 5, 2015 - 6:27pm
By: Merlyn Seeley
It is called Plenish and it is a cooking oil that has been approved by the USDA as safe to eat. It is made solely of genetically modified (GM, GMO) soy beans and they say it may very well change the way the world sees GMOs. Problem is, it is a GMO product, it does not matter how healthy they say it is, it is still untested GMO food and from previous un official science experiments, GMO foods are very dangerous long term. We've all seen the lab rats that were fed Monsanto's GMO corn for 3 years straight! The problem is, and will remain, GMOs are harmful to the planet, it's environment and the people and animals that live here.
In a news article, by Philly.com, dated January 4, "For 37 years - since 1977 - breaded and fried white mushrooms have been a favorite in the food court at the Pennsylvania Farm Show."However, this year will be a bit different. All the famous mushrooms cooked at the show this year will be cooked in a new GMO soy bean cooking oil by DuPont called Plenish. There are some things that, as a pro non-GMO debater you should know about this new opponent. Although, it is a GMO oil, which would usually be enough to stir the debate pot in the way towards pro-non GMO groups, this new cooking oil actually boasts some hard to turn away from health benefits.
Unlike it's counterparts, this cooking oil contains no saturated fat. In a time when health is very important and saturated fat has to be labeled on our foods, this Plenish stands out as a healthier alternative to even other GMO oils, and non GMO oils. Proponents are actually saying Plenish cooking oil tastes better than other oils, it lasts longer (meaning fewer cooking stoppages for clean-outs), and is healthier. Restaurants that are already using this oil are saying it lasts longer in their fryers so they can cook with it longer before tossing it, They say it has a higher flash point that most cooking oils which makes it good for stir frying and sauteing too.
At the 2015 Pennsylvania festival, close by, the states potato growers will be cooking french fries in Plenish oil. The Dairymen's Association will fry its cheese cubes in it. Also cooked in the oil will be deep-fried vegetables and chicken. All this and there has been no testing of this product to see what the health dangers are, since it is a GMO product. Every time a new GMO product is introduced, the USDA just approves it and sends it out for use. Although Plenish is not available in grocery stores, yet, you can bet it will be soon. It's hard to believe, and to stomach, since it is GMO, but Plenish actually, like olive oil, is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
For those that fight against genetically modified foods and the biotech industry, this could potentially be a powerful blow. That and the recent talk about the new GMO potato that may actually have health benefits! Seems like those two words, healthy and GMO, do not belong in the same sentence, but the biotech industry is making new moves in attempt to sway more public opinion for GMOs rather than against them. Activists are going to have to work extra hard in 2015, if they are going to sway the battle back on their side after this blow. Who would ever thought that they would stoop this low to make a GMO product that is also healthy, just to sway opinion.
Technically Plenish is NOT healthy, as it is genetically modified and they outstanding unofficial tests have constantly shown GMOs to be dangerous. We know now that GMO crops still need pesticides and in larger quantities, which is another form of danger to everything. Bees are dying, colony collapse has all but been linked to Monsanto's roundup, butterflies are disappearing, presumably due to the same reason. We've seen huge schools of fish dying and washing ashore, where run off of the pesticide was being used. Personally, there is just to many options out there for me to ever consider eating GMO food.
Organic is plentiful and growing your own is not hard. In a time when we are seemingly destroying the planet and ourselves as well as all beings on the planet, why would anyone choose to continue to produce crops that are the cause, or a chemical that is the cause? MONEY, that is why. Plenish may be an oil that can be greatly compared to the wonderful Olive oil, but it is no Olive oil and it is no miracle cure for disease and illness caused by long term consumption of GMO food. According to the news article,"critics of GMO technology are unimpressed. Patricia Lovera, assistant director at Food and Water Watch, a national nonprofit, said she's concerned about the federal government's regulatory process.
"They are dealing with old regulations to try to approve new technologies," she said, adding that the review "is not thorough enough to look at any number of unintended consequences." Lovera said the industry is "hyping" the consumer benefits. "Right now, what they're trying to do is make people feel better about fried foods. We need to have a conversation about a healthy diet. Instead, they're saying,'we can fix that with our magic soybeans.' "