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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Number Date Name Location Comments (optional):
20727 2 weeks ago Francesca D'Ambra , US No gmo apples in Conneticut we want organic apples only
20726 2 weeks ago Anonymous , US
20725 1 month ago Anonymous , US Stop GMO foods. Its another bad dream, just like the tobacco industry. In time to come, a study will show how harmful it really is.
20724 1 month ago Anonymous , US
20723 1 month ago Anonymous US Why don't you just let people choose what they want? Does everyone have to abide by your aboriginal views?
20722 1 month ago Julie Henderson , US
20721 1 month ago JAMES JONES , US
20720 1 month ago Anonymous , US
20719 1 month ago chris hogan ,
20718 1 month ago Eric Wollscheid , US
20717 1 month ago Sandra Irwin , UM I'm not happy about this at all.
20716 2 months ago Steven Arnold , US Don't mess with our apple pie!
20714 2 months ago Anonymous , Keep your STEM illiterate mumbo jumbo to yourself. There is no risk and you know it. You're just looking to line your pockets with manufactured outrage.
20713 2 months ago Anonymous , US I hate apples
20712 2 months ago Irma Kristel , US
20711 2 months ago Anonymous , US
20710 2 months ago emily salmond ,
20709 2 months ago Chris Pumphrey , US
20708 2 months ago Anonymous , US God created everything including food. He created food perfectly. He did not create food that changes our bodies and makes us sick and to have lower fertility. It is evil men who have done this. Ple...
20707 2 months ago Pauline smith , US
20706 2 months ago Vikki Goodman , US
20705 3 months ago Bill Samson , US All modern fruits & vegetables have been genetically modified. A "natural" ear of corn would be a scrawny 1 x 3" pod, incapable of nourishing our population. Non-browning could have been naturally b...
20704 3 months ago Anonymous , United States Grocers, please do not sell these GMO apples!! This GMO practice has not eliminated hunger in this country....ask any food bank or church pantry volunteer!! It has not improved the overall health of...
20703 3 months ago Alberta Luchetti ,
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