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“Genetically Modified Foods are on your Table”

Apples that won’t turn brown and potatoes that won’t bruise are headed to your table, since the FDA just approved their use.  The FDA approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.” Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, refers to food grown from seeds that are genetically engineered in a lab and are called genetically modified goods (or even “Franken foods”).  Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes are also being pushed through approval and to your grocery store aisles.  However, many consumers and some food suppliers say they don’t want any part of it and others are staying silent. Even McDonalds said it won’t use the potatoes, but Burger King and Wendy’s declined to comment. ConAgra, a major French fry and potato supplier to restaurant chains, said it won’t use the potatoes. Simplot calls its potatoes “Innate” and the varieties selected include Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank and Atlantic. Simplot says its potatoes will have 70 percent less acrylamide, a chemical that can be created when potatoes are fried but the National Cancer Institute scientists say, “we do not yet know with any certainty” whether the substance can be harmful in food. Okanagan, based in British Columbia, wants to make apples dubbed “Arctic Apples” a more convenient snack with its non-browning version and the first two varieties will be Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.

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