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Frankinfruit is coming to a store near you. Stop GE apples!

Genetically engineered (GE) apples—the Arctic Apple— are being released in grocery stores without labels, but the company behind them, Intrexon, won’t tell us where.

Major companies – like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Gerber – have committed not to sell GE apples. So, Intrexon is banking on deceiving customers with unlabeled GE apples at the grocery store to make its sale goals.

What we do know?

The GE apple was created using an experimental, unregulated technique called RNA interference. Many scientists are concerned that this process may have negative unintended impacts on human health and the environment.

We do not need more risky and dangerous technologies in our food!

Intrexon is the same synthetic biology company that owns the GE salmon and GE mosquito. The company continues to unleash untested and poorly regulated technology into the environment without concern for the long-term impacts on the environment and human health.

Why do we need a GE apple?

We don’t! The Arctic Apple has been engineered not to turn brown when cut. But slight browning is a natural process that occurs as an apple touches the air. There is no real benefit to consumers or the environment for removing the browning process.

To solve the cosmetic browning, there are natural remedies such as lemon juice or salt water on apple slices. Better yet slather them with peanut butter and eat them up.

In addition, severe browning indicates to eaters the freshness of the food they are about to consume. It is unclear how removing the browning process will affect a consumers’ ability to determine if an apple is rotting. Just 'cause an apple isn’t turning brown doesn’t mean that rot and bacteria aren’t developing.

Tell grocery stores that GE apples are a rotten idea and that we don’t want them!



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