ALERT: GMO apples and potatoes scheduled to hit store this month

Conscious consumers should be aware that GMO apples and potatoes are scheduled to hit your grocery store shelves this month.

According to Healthline mid-west produce departments will be the first to push the poisonous apple.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are back in the news.

That’s because some genetically modified produce is heading for store shelves.

GMO apples and potatoes will be in Midwest produce departments this month.

It’s the start of a 2017 rollout of these types of items. And should provide some food for grocery aisle debate.

GMOs are created in a laboratory when genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.

The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans.

Now GMO apples and potatoes will be in grocery store produce bins.

A GMO apple looks like any other except for one salient feature. It won’t turn brown. The company has turned off some of the genes that make them rot.

Here’s the catch, according to Hanson, “The apples are sitting in the store looking white [inside], but may be covered with microbes not covered by genetic engineering.”

He cited food industry arguments that a lot of fruit goes to waste because it turns brown.

“Maybe that’s a good thing because of those other microbes,” Hanson said. “Does it still taste fresh? I don’t know. It’s not that difficult to cut up an apple.”

Potatoes are on their way as well, probably in the form of chips or other processed food, Hanson noted.

Traditionally, apples were preserved by being sprayed with something acidic, such as lemon juice.

Hanson doesn’t know what is done to the Arctic Apples, the name of the supplier. It’s a division of Intrexon, which describes itself as designing biologically-based consumer solutions

First GMO Apples to Hit U.S. Stores in February

(THOMAS DISHAW) Add GMO apples to the list of fruit to avoid at the grocery store. According to the Organic Authority, ten “lucky” midwest stores (sense the sarcasm) will test market the genetically modified Golden Delicious apple in early February 2017.

The toxic apple has been genetically modified not to brown for three weeks once sliced. The apples were genetically engineered using a gene silencing technique that reduces the amount of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase (PPO) in the apples, which causes apple flesh to oxidize when exposed to air.

Regrettably, the general public will be left in the dark as to what stores will be selling the first GMO apple. The producer, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, has refused to release the names of the test stores but their CEO released a feel good statement assuring us the midwest wasn’t selected for any particular reason.

Midwestern retailers were chosen for the first sales this winter because they seemed like a good fit demographically and in presence and size, Carter said.

Asked if Midwest consumers may be more accepting of genetically modified apples than those on the East or West coasts, Carter said consumer research didn’t indicate that and that it wasn’t a consideration.

“We don’t want to skew our test marketing results by choosing stores that may be more friendly to genetic engineering,” he said.

Unfortunately, this is just the first wave of GMO apples to hit stores. Granny Smith and Fuji varieties have been approved by the USDA, and the Gala apple is set for approval in 2018.

If you happen to be in the midwest the brand to look out for is “Arctic” and they are produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, BC.  They will come in an innocent looking plastic package and the apples will be pre-sliced.  Luckily for us they only produced about 500 forty pound boxes, but expect to produce 6,000 boxes from the 2017 crop.

These numbers won’t even put a dent in the apple market but we as consumers need to reject this product so it doesn’t have a chance to spread across the US market.

Is Your Coffee Killing You? Over 1,500 Chemicals Found In One Cup

(THOMAS DISHAW)  Is your coffee killing you? Did you know your average cup of coffee has about 1,500 different chemicals? Each cup contains trace amounts of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.

And this is just scratching the surface…

Coffee beans are one the most heavily sprayed crops on the planet, with over 250 pounds of chemical fertilizer sprayed on each acre.  Cancer causing Monsanto Glyphosates, which have been linked to infertility and cancer by the World Health Organization, are being widely used in coffee plantations to control weeds according to this NCIB report.

Obviously, no one has died from a pesticide filled cup of joe, but add this to the chemical bombardment your body faces on a daily basis and you could argue that these toxic chemicals bioaccumulation in your body are take years off your life.

What about organic coffee?

Buying organic coffee from the grocery store will not protect you from the chemical cocktail found in a cup of coffee. According to Bean Box Coffee a company out of Seattle: “Organic-certified coffees can be treated with wide range of pesticides. The organic label on a coffee bag just means the pesticides used are organic (natural) vs. synthetic. And increasingly, research suggests that natural pesticides can be as toxic as synthetic ones. Worse, many argue that runoff from natural pesticides may in fact be more harmful to water-based ecosystems.”

There are some solutions…

According to Organicfacts.net there are options for 100% pesticide free coffee.

Organic Kona Coffee: This Organic Kona Coffee is grown on fertile volcanic soil of the Kona region in Hawaii. Organic Kona Coffee is produced in farms that do not use chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides. They are absolutely dependent on the fertility of the soil (enriched by volcanic ash and lava), organic fertilizers, and biotic pest control methods. It has a distinct taste and flavor due to the climate and soil in that region. While Organic Kona Coffee itself is a delicacy, the Pea-Berry variety is the best. Always look for the certificate for authenticity and “100% Organic Kona Coffee” on the packets. Many fraudsters will be trying to sell normal coffee under the Kona tag.

Organic Shade-Grown Coffee: This variety is grown in the natural shade of tropical forests without clearing land for farming. Growth is slow, but the coffee is tastier and more flavored. The biggest benefit of this coffee is that no forests are cut down for its production and, of course, no chemicals are used. It is richer in taste than its regular counterpart. There are a few varieties of Organic Shade-Grown Coffee, mainly named after their various styles of farming. They include organic rustic, organic traditional polyculture and organic specialized or reduced shade. It has less availability and hence priced higher than the other types of coffee.

Organic Green Coffee: Organic Green Coffee is the Green Coffee that is obtained from coffee plants that are grown organically.  This coffee is obtained from raw coffee beans which are not roasted. No chemicals are used in processing (fermentation/washing etc.). Taste of organic green coffee depends on good soil, right altitude, climate and processing.It is a rich source of antioxidants and contains Chlorogenic Acid, which is believed to be far more effective in neutralizing free radicals than the antioxidants in green tea.  It boosts metabolism, and the presence of caffeic acid helps energize the body after fatigue. Some varieties include Blue Mountain Cenaproc, Colonial Caranavi, Peaberry, Kenya AA, Tarrazu, Yirgacheffe,  Antigua, and Altura.

Who would have thought a cup of coffee was such a dirty topic.  As I stated earlier this article is just scratching the surface of a very guarded subject. Finding information on whats exactly sprayed on your coffee is virtually impossible. Companies aren’t willfully ready to release such information knowing that a public backlash would soon follow.

Below is a link to a herbicide and pesticide free coffee company I have personally vetted on Amazon.

Farm-fresh: 100% Kona Coffee, Medium Roast, Whole Beans, 1 Lb

Farm-direct: 100% Kona Coffee, Medium Roast, GROUND, 1 Lb

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