GMOs Invade Fruit Industry

GMOs Invade Fruit Industry: Apples, Pears, Cherries and Peaches to All Become Unlabeled GMO
Saturday, February 14, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Genetically modified apples have been approved by the industry-corrupted USDA, a federal regulator that accomplishes for the biotech industry the same thing the FDA achieves for Big Pharma: unlimited profits, lax regulation and a ready willingness to accept fabricated "science" as fact.

"The USDA's environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples," explains a press release from Food & Water Watch. [1]

The GMO apple that just received approval was developed by the Okanagan Specialty Fruits company, which says it "...married the best of nature with the best of science."

The road to Hell, of course, is paved with the best of intentions, and that's the problem with all these GMOs: Modern science is rolling the dice with a self-replicating "genetic pollution" scenario that could play out in ways that no scientist ever anticipated. As the Food & Water Watch press release explains:

The USDA has neglected to look at the full range of risks from these apples. In its environmental assessment, the USDA glossed over the possibility of unintentional effects associated with the technology used to engineer these apples, potential economic impacts on the U.S. and international apple market, effects of potential contamination for non-GMO and organic apple growers and the impact of the non-browning gene silencing which also can weaken plant defenses and plant health.

In addition to genetically modified apples, the Okanagan Specialty Fruits company also promises to roll out genetically modified peaches, cherries and pears. [3]

Suppression of the PPO Gene May Lead to Less Nutritious Fruits
To achieve its GMO apples, the Okanagan fruit company has developed a way to reduce the natural browning of apples that takes place after they are sliced. This is accomplished by genetically suppressing the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) gene.

What's wrong with playing around with the PPO gene? Suppressing this gene may have unintended consequences such as reducing the fruit's nutritional polyphenols (natural medicinal compounds). Thus, this genetic alteration of the apple might strip from the apple many of its health-promoting qualities. Yes, the apple would still physically resemble a normal, natural apple, but it would be genetically lacking the very thing that has long contributed to the truism, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

But an apple from Okanagan might keep the nutrients away, feeding you what I call "shadow food" that looks like real food but is lacking the nutrients of real food.

I'm not talking about macronutrients like magnesium, calcium, fiber and sugars. Those will all be present in identical quantities: I'm talking about the medicinal phytochemicals such as the very polyphenols that give apples some measure of medicinal value.

Read about medicinal polyphenols at this Life Extension web page which explains the valuable medicinal roles of apple polyphenols such as phloridzin.

This page on WHfoods.com also covers many of the apple's polyphenol nutrients, revealing their anti-cancer, anti-diabetes and anti-heart disease properties.

Food & Water Watch adds:

The particular gene targeted by this technology allows the apples to be sliced without turning brown, which could mislead consumers into thinking they are eating fresh apples when they might be eating apples on the verge of rotting. Browning is an important indicator to consumers in determining the freshness of an apple or apple slice. The silenced gene is also heavily involved in a plant's natural defense against pests and pathogens, which could lead to trees that are less healthy than non-GMO apples and rely on more chemical treatments to ward off pests and disease.

It's not difficult to see that if the genetic modification of fruits is allowed to invade the food supply with pears, cherries, oranges, bananas, peaches and more, we may end up with a fruit industry feeding Americans "shadow foods" that look misleadingly healthy when they really aren't.

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