Organic Consumers Association

Tell These Grocery Stores: No GMO Apples, Please!

GMO apple 1000x523The GMO Arctic Apple is headed to grocery stores for a trial run. (They’re being tested in the Midwest—if you’re a Midwesterner, please read this). The apples will supposedly bear a label identifying the brand (Arctic). But they won't have a label that says "GMO." You can thank Congress and its DARK Act, for that.

Who stands to benefit from the GMO apple? Not consumers like you. Definitely not apple growers, who have been opposing this apple all along. The only benefits will go to Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that owns the GMO salmon, the GMO mosquito and the GMO apple.

You can still disrupt the market for these apples and keep them off our plates and out of our environment. But we need you to act now during this trial run in grocery stores.

Please sign the petition: Tell grocery stores to commit to keeping GMO apples off their shelves. We'll deliver the petition to the CEOs of Costco, Albertsons, Safeway, Target and Walmart.

The first GMO apple, known as the “Arctic Apple ®,” is genetically engineered to not turn brown when cut. But there are natural ways to achieve the same result. For instance, browning can be prevented with lemon juice or another source of vitamin C.

The GMO Arctic Apple is completely unnecessary.  And the risks aren’t worth it. The apples may look deceptively fresh when they are not. Farmers growing the Arctic Apple may have to increase their pesticide use—and conventional apples already have some of the highest levels of toxic pesticide residues of any fruit. 

What’s more, the GMO apple uses 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 technologies in our food system!

Thanks to consumers who have already spoken out, some of the biggest purchasers of apples—McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Gerber—have committed not to sell GMO apples. Intrexon, the company that makes the apples, is desperate to find companies to buy them. So it’s hoping grocery stores will carry them.

Please sign the petition: Tell grocery stores to commit to keeping GMO apples off their shelves.

Intrexon knows consumers don’t want to eat its GMO apples. So it’s trying to hide which stores it’s releasing them in. And it’s not labeling them. Now that the GMO apples are sneaking into grocery stores, we need to send a strong signal to the market.

Thank you!

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20667 3 hours ago ralph LaTuda US Please bring on these apples. I'm tired of eating pesticides & chemicals from conventional growers.
20666 2 days ago laurie stahlbaum
20665 2 days ago Barbara H Seiple , US
20664 1 week ago angela courtland US Please don't put this in our stores. I know you want us to be dependent on meds, but I don't wanna have to get some horrible disease because of what I eat.
20663 1 week ago walter mathew you need help.
20662 1 week ago Joyce Naone US
20661 2 weeks ago Ken Arey , US
20660 2 weeks ago Julie Martin , US
20659 2 weeks ago Karen Moore US I highly disagree. You need to educate yourself before spreading your opinion. You are not stating fact but opinion.
20658 2 weeks ago Michelle Dillon , US
20657 3 weeks ago chris nix US Please allow these apples into the stores. The planet population is growing & we need to feed another billion soon. These apples will reduce the need for pesticides & preservatives. I am tired of th...
20656 4 weeks ago craig eiswirth , US
20655 1 month ago Barbara Cooper US
20654 1 month ago Everett Grant , US I am fighting cancer, and do not want these foods in my home.
20653 1 month ago Gillian Saldane , US The GMOs that allow higher and higher use of pesticides are criminal.
20652 1 month ago Teri Maccrea , US
20651 1 month ago Angela Pennacchini , AL No more GMO apples, it is a travesty.
20650 1 month ago Anonymous , US I'm fully supportive of keeping all GMO products out of the grocery stores, provided if we stop all produce that uses tons of pesticides, stop carrying all papayas that come from Hawaii as they all ...
20649 1 month ago Danielle N Shea Tan , US
20647 1 month ago Olivia Ngan , US
20646 1 month ago J. Woodworth , US
20645 1 month ago J. Woodworth , US
20644 1 month ago Joseph Walton , US Please keep GMO apples off our grocer's shelves. I will not buy any apples that are genetically modified, even if I have to pay a little more for it.
20643 1 month ago Anonymous , US
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