FDA Approves New GMO Foods Apples and Potatoes

FDA-Genetically-Modified-Apples-and-Potatoess9th April 2015

By Dr. Edward F. Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Genetically-modified food is one of the most controversial subjects today. Not only are regulations loose and manufacturers getting away with not labeling them, they’re being approved at an alarmingly swift rate without the appropriate long-term health assessment. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved of two GMO foods, potatoes and apples, as safe and equally nutritious as conventional varieties, and they’re pushing to get these items to a grocery store near you.

The Approval of GMO Foods Apples and Potatoes

The new approval is covering six varieties of potatoes and two varieties of apples. [1] The potatoes come from Idaho from the J. R. Simplot Co., and the apples come from Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. Fortunately for the health food movement, McDonald’s, a long-time client of J. R. Simplot Co., is no longer purchasing from the company, opting out of using GMO potatoes for its food.

ConAgra is another big-name company that supplies potatoes for restaurants all across the world, and it is also in line with consumer demand for non-GMO potato varieties. While french fries and hash browns are certainly not health fare, it does go to show how companies listen and respond to the desires of consumers. In order to keep up the fight against GMOs and keep them out of our food supply, we need to continue advocating for labeling laws that will help us, as consumers, differentiate between natural food and Frankenfood.

What You Can Do

Along with contacting the FDA and urging them to look into labeling laws, there are a few things you can do to get the ball moving. Buying organic as much as possible shows companies that consumers are demanding more natural, non-GMO foods. Consumer research into buying trends weigh heavily on the actions of companies in producing their products, so vote with your pocketbook by buying as many of your products as natural as possible.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Article References

[1] Mary Clare Jalonick and Keith Ridler. FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe. Associated Press.

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About the author:

dr edward group iii 240x300 B 12: The Miracle VitaminDr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.

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  • Mr M

    Isn’t Simplot’s new potato an example of a good use of GMO technology? It is not typical GMO frankenfood using genes from other species but is basically accelerating what has been done for centuries, cross breeding one type of potato with others to enhance the most desirable characteristics. This is called Innate GMO technology, and is named “Innate” because they use genes only from other potatoes, not other species,

    I agree that GMO frankenfoods are bad, but must we lump ALL gmo into the “bad” category ?

    Read more here:

  • Do these apples and potatoes have PLU stickers beginning with 8 or is there another way to identify them — or not? Also, what varieties of these produce are being gmo’e

  • LindaMC

    I know Yukon Gold potatoes at one time was GMO free, those are the potatoes I buy.

  • Grethe Brorup

    This looks llike anotherr fraudulent case like we have with fluoridation . It is unbelievable that something like that can happen to-day.
    We have to get more people together to completely boycut the GMO foods. Since it has never been proven safe it should not be allowed to reach the market. Where are the so-called “Protection Branch’ in these cases ?

  • I wonder wonder why this is happening,since profits from GMO’s are falling. Hmmmm….