In the Spring of 2013, we forewarned our readers about "Frankenapples" coming soon to a food store near you. Ironically on Friday the 13th of February 2015, the USDA officially announced their approval and green light for these "Frankenapples" also known as "Snow White" or genetically modified apples. Yes the USDA, designed to protect the health of the American people, has proclaimed that genetically modified (GM) apples are safe for human consumption. Notwithstanding the USDA's rubber stamp of approval, many people still question the safety of these GM apples and for good reason.
The Biotech Industry's genetic modification of our food, involves the manipulation of the DNA and RNA of our food. Many scientists have warned of the need for extensive additional testing of DNA manipulation and RNA interference, in order to safeguard against untold side effects. Unfortunately these warnings against fooling with Mother Nature, have apparently fallen of deaf governmental ears.
USDA data reportedly shows that conventional apples have previously tested positive for up to 42 different pesticides, including organophosphate and pyrethroid. Both of these pesticides are known endocrine disruptors with potential neurological side effects. Organophosphates are further considered to be the basis for nerve gas used in chemical warfare and linked to the development of ADHD in children. As if these concerns were not enough, we now also have to consider the potential ill effects of genetic modification when choosing to eat something as simple as an apple.
Notwithstanding all of this, the USDA has approved GM Arctic Granny and Golden apples, in part to remedy the problem of apples turning brown from oxidation. In addition, GM peaches, pears, cherries, bananas and oranges are likely to soon follow. As it stands now, some form of genetic modification is present in approximately 85% of the food found in our typical supermarket. Now with fruits joining the GM band wagon and the colossal failure of our government to implement a federal GMO label law, people wishing to avoid high levels of pesticides and GMO's in their food are compelled to buy strictly organic.
President Obama initially campaigned with the promise to pass a GMO label law, because he at that time believed the American people had the right to know what is in their food. Unfortunately, upon being elected president Obama broke that promise to the American people and quickly became very Biotech Industry/Monsanto friendly. However, it appears that President Obama's personal beliefs regarding GM food differs from his political beliefs. Reportedly, only organic food is served in the White House, suggesting that GM food is safe enough for the American people but not the First Family. Make sure you choose wisely for your family as well.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.