Do It for the Apple
There’s nothing more natural than an apple, right? The symbol of good health and all that’s right with the world.
But did you know that the FDA is reviewing a genetically modified version of the perfect fruit? It’s true. A Canadian company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits wants to “improve” the apple with a genetic engineering process that would prevent an apple from turning brown after you slice it or bite into it. Why? Mostly so kids will eat more (genetically engineered) apples.
Our best bet for keeping the GMO apple from reaching school cafeterias and fast-food restaurants? Pass a GMO labeling law in Washington State, where 60 percent of this country’s apples are grown.
Because chances are, if the state where the most apples are grown mandates that GMO apples must be labeled, the U.S. Apple Association, which opposes the GMO apple, will have more clout when it comes to convincing the FDA that consumers don’t want biotech engineers messing with their favorite fruit.
Just one of the many reasons we all have a stake in I-522, Washington State’s initiative to require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Please help us win this critical battle in November. For the movement. For your health. For the apple. Thank you!
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