As many of you may know, the long-awaited, genetically-modified Arctic Apple that doesn’t turn brown hits the shelves in select supermarkets in the Midwest today.
Even though no long-term safety studies have ever been done on GMOs, this new apple poses a different and potentially bigger risk than a health one: broad consumer acceptance of genetically-modified foods.
Up until now, GMOs have largely been one of many ingredients used in unhealthy, processed food. You couldn’t see them. You couldn’t touch them. You couldn’t put them in the palm of your hand. Most importantly, you couldn’t identify with them.
With this GMO-apple, that all changes. GMOs now become incredibly tangible, and a brand new relationship with this “food” begins.
Consumers may quickly dismiss the long-term health risks of GMOs because it is now a product that their kids can take to school and enjoy with their friends. Their kids will eat these GMO-apples, and parents will say “My child is still alive, so this food must be perfectly safe.”
Or, they could say “My son and daughter won’t eat apples that turn brown, but they’ll eat this one now. I’m just happy they’ll eat any fruit or vegetable.”
The apple is arguably the most friendly, the most iconic, the most American fruit there is. If the consumer is fooled into thinking that GMO-apples are perfectly harmless and ignore the fact that this food was invented in a laboratory, they may start to view all GMOs in a similar light.
And that is a very, very slippery slope.
(How will consumers know that this Arctic Apple is genetically-modified? There is no on-packaging label but supposedly there will be a QR code, a technology that is worse than useless.)
Have a fantastic day!
Max Goldberg, Founder
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