April: Many of you know me as a GMO Activist. This apple is of special concern to me, as it has the potential to alter every apple on this planet. Once again, we are being thrown into an experiment we have no say in. This apple does not go brown when sliced, and therefore can sit on a shelf or in a McDonald’s restaurant for days. It’s not the genes or health issues that are paramount to me. What always concerns me most are the environmental implications. Pollinators don’t need passports. Read on:
A small Summerland company is making big news across North America with the development of an apple that doesn’t turn brown after it is cut. Okanagan Specialty Fruits is a privately owned biotech company which has been using “advanced molecular biology tools” to switch off the gene that controls the enzyme that turns the white flesh of apples brown after being exposed to the air.
April: I am Pro Organics for many reasons:
1. Organic food is picked closer to ripening than other foods, creating a more nutritious and better tasting product.
2. Organics are grown with the purpose of aligning with those practices of natural standards and tradition. While we are now discovering that, as soon as Big Corporations get involved with Organics, the standards “change” according to profit margins, we are closer to healthier foods than conventional Big Factory Farming creates.
It’s up to independent researchers to enact studies, but when they do, we often get clear and honest information. The following happens to be one that makes me smile: it’s from GRIST, a website that challenges conventional thinking and can create some pretty colorful dialogue. Remember, my comments are in red.
New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate
Does growing food organically really matter? Supporters of conventional agriculture say that organic farming is little more than a fad — and that organic produce lightens consumers’ wallets for no tangible benefits. And unfortunately, since agro-ecosystems are so complex, scientists have had a hard time cutting through the haze of claims and counter-claims. (It costs more because when you don’t use chemicals you get higher percentage of waste, and therefore lower yields. Also there is a higher percentage of spoilage in travel).
Posted in Food Security, Fruit, Genetically Modified Organisms, Organics
Tagged Conventional Agriculture, DNA, Factory Farming, GMO, Nutrition, Organics, Pesticides, Soil quality, Strawberries