Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GMO Apples - Does it Get Any Worse?

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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

For centuries everyone liked apples and suddenly they are not good enough and need to be GMO enhancement?  Of all countries, Canada approves genetically modified Apples - just because they  "have more eye appeal: no yucky browning". 
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First of all, most people eat up their apples and not let them lay around. And even when an apple might get a little brownish after a couple of hours, there is nothing wrong with it, it's a totally natural process, which happens with many fruits, such as bananas or plums for example. 
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What's a Biotech's Company Reason to Tamper with our Apples?
Intrexon, the owner of Okanagan Apples, has the following motto on their website: "A Better World Through Better DNA".  I personally read this:  "More Money Through GM Fruit".  What other reason should they have to "modify" our staple foods? For example another food product they created, the AquAdvantage® Salmon, which is genetically enhanced Atlantic salmon.
Intrexon is traded on the NYSE stock exchange, and they make enough money, so they could leave our apples alone. The Biotech news site Biospace.com lists Intrexon's earnings:
Total revenues of $31.1 million, an increase of over 335% over the fourth quarter of 2013;
Net income of $18.8 million attributable to Intrexon, or $0.19 per basic share. Their PR message is: "to create innovative approaches to maximizing value for all stakeholders".
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If You Don't Like to Eat GM Apples Take Action!
The Canadian Biotech Action Network suggests:
69% of Canadians don't want the GM apple approved. Are you one of them?
Write to the head office of your grocery chain store!
Ask your store chain to commit to keep GM apples out of the produce section. Send the response to us.
Here is a list of the chain stores' headquarters, such as Loblaws Superstores, Walmart, Cosco, Sobeys etc.: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Apple/Grocery-Store-Contacts


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Keep these Things in Mind when Purchasing Food:
  1. Stop looking for labels. ...
  2. Look for products that are USDA Certified Organic or Non-GMO Project Verified.
  3. Avoid all corn, soy, and canola that is not specifically labeled as non-GMO.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the abundant aliases for corn and soy.
If you are on a low budget, read here how to avoid GMO's.  There are many more sites where you can learn how to shop for healthy non-GMO food:
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Last but not least:  The only label you can trust is a 5-digit code starting with a 9—that identifies organic fruits and vegetables and by their classification as certified organic, they are non-GMO.

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