Three Types of New GMOs Set to Hit Store Shelves
Despite being claimed as “safe” by the U.S. EPA and FDA, critics say the three new GMO potato varieties, which will be grown in Idaho and Wisconsin, have not been through long-term independent safety or environmental testing. The three new brands to watch out for are Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank, and the White Russet that was sold in limited amounts in 2015.
The GMO potatoes are genetically engineered to be resistant to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.These potatoes are said to have less bruising, less carcinogenic chemicals given off when cooking, fewer black spots and enhanced cold storage.
Arpad Pustzai, a renowned biologist from Scotland, examined the GMO potato and found many health risks (Damages the stomach, immune system and organs within lab animals); this lead to the increase of skepticism and bans on the cultivation of genetically modified Europe.
How to Avoid the New GMO Potatoes
The new potatoes come in the three main varieties listed above: Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank. The new GMO potatoes will most likely be in grocery store shelves to cafes and restaurants, due to the fact that they will not be labeled. The lack of mandatory labeling laws and regulations is from the Biotech and food industry donating millions to prevent them, and also the recent national law that was crafted in order to eliminate Vermont’s current GMO labeling law.
Spending your money on organic potatoes will be worth it, as the potatoes sold today are laced with pesticides that leave residues. Potatoes soft skin is easily penetrated by these chemicals within pesticides.
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