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In The Wake of GMO Apples Being Approved, GMO Peaches, Pears, Berries, Bananas, And Oranges Are In The Works

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on March 15, 2015 - 5:54pm

Over the past decade, certain foods that were originally grown organically have been replaced by replicas promoted to be better than what nature has provided. These genetically modified organisms, backed by Monsanto, came with fantastic promises of easier farming, higher yields, and optimized nutrition. However, independent studies have now shown genetically modified organisms may be causing more harm than good.

The Inquisitr previously reported numerous times when GMOs have caused harm to the people as well as the latest on GMO news. A fine example of how GMOs caused harm for people happened in India. Apparently, the use of GMO seeds has been linked to the rising suicide rate among farmers. As for latest GMO news, the genetically engineered Arctic Apple was recently approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be sold in grocery stores.

The latter aforementioned news however, is only the beginning. GMO apples were just the first of many fruits to replace their organic kind. GMO peaches, pears, cherries, bananas, and oranges are now in the works.

According to an article by Food Democracy Now!, the same company that created two varieties of GMO apples with a new “gene silencing” technique are working on new varieties of the aforementioned fruits listed above. New GMO varieties of peaches, pears, and cherries are still in development, but GMO bananas have now progressed to the testing stages. The plan is to have student volunteers in Iowa test out the bananas sometime in 2015.

The problem reported by the source is that once the GMO fruits are approved, they will appear, unlabeled as GMOs, on grocery store shelves thanks to GMO labeling not being approved. In the case of Arctic Apples, the two GMO varieties (Granny Smith and Golden Delicious) can be right next to the true organic versions yet shoppers may not know the difference since no indication will be shown whatsoever.

Living Traditionally followed-up on the original article, bringing up the peculiarity that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the labeling of 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes, including labels for juices made from concentrate. Yet, the FDA has resisted labeling GMOs since 1992. Apparently, the FDA reasoned they don’t label such because the genetic differences cannot be recognized by taste, smell, or other senses.

Despite the statement was made by the FDA, over sixty countries worldwide are not agreeing to it. In said countries, there are strict guidelines on GMOs in which some countries, like Russia, have outright banned their growth and import. The U.S. is more accepting of GMOs in which over 80 percent of the food supply now has them in some way, fashion, or form.

In conclusion, those who buy their fruits at a conventional grocery story, yet want to keep to an organic diet, need to be more careful when picking their apples and oranges. What they thought was healthy food provided by nature may in fact be a frankenfood copy straight out of a genetics lab.

Originally Published: Inquisitir 

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