GMO’s: The Effects of Emerging Technologies, Trouble at every Turn

GMO SafetyIn my last blog, I uncovered some of the places genetically modified organisms are entering our world and permeating our very lifestyles. It is safe to say that the rapid advances of genetic engineering are transforming our daily lives sometimes unseen and mostly untested.  What do we really know about their effects on the environment and our health? Some insist that the technology is safe and to stop being anti-science luddites. Others hold to the precautionary principle. Let’s take a look at some of the consequences being uncovered by scientists around the globe. Here is what we know: Continue reading

Letter from a concerned apple grower

I have penned two blogs alerting you on the impending comment period for the GMO Arctic® apple poised for deregulation by APHIS. The first one “Let’s give Eve a better apple?” described the technology and risks associated with this new type of genetic modification. The second blog, “Arctic apple vortex set to descend upon the US!”, described how the comment period had been extended and urged all interested parties to comment. This Friday is the deadline to make public comments. I thought it timely and prudent to share a letter I received from one of the larger organic grower shippers of apples in the Pacific Northwest. His concern speaks volumes and should be heeded as a warning if this apple is approved. Thanks to Ralph Broetje, owner and operator of Broetje Orchards for allowing me to post this letter:   Continue reading

Arctic apple vortex set to descend upon the US!


A better appleDoes the world really need a new spin on the basic apple? Some folks at Okanagan Specialty Fruit think so. I suspect they have spent untold resources developing the world’s first genetically modified apple.  Back in November, I posted Let’s Give Eve a Better Apple? It explained that the creators of this genetically engineered apple hail it as “Nature at Its Best”. They go on to say “We all love apples! Until they turn brown, that is. Arctic® apples are everything you love about apples!” Continue reading

Let’s give Eve a better apple?

Snake in the gardenThere’s a new apple variety out there created in laboratories that could be coming to your store in early 2014. It looks and smells like an apple but with one distinct difference, the molecules that express its genes have been tinkered with.

The creators of this genetically engineered apple hail it as “Nature at Its Best”. They go on to say “We all love apples! Until they turn brown, that is. Arctic® apples are everything you love about apples, without the “yuck” factor…”  Continue reading