Friday, May 25, 2012

Okanagan Fruits Submits GMO Apple For Approval by CBAN

Okanagan Fruits submits GMO apple for approval
Food Freedom News,  May 24, 2012
The small BC Company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has just submitted their request to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for approval of their genetically modified “non-browning” apple. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them.
Take Action
Before June 3, 2012: Tell the government that you don’t want to eat a GM apple. Send your comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at
·      GM apples are not wanted by consumers
·      BC apple growers have already rejected the GM apple
Contamination from GM apples is a risk to Canadian apple producers
·      The CFIA and Health Canada should not be wasting public funds reviewing a GM apple that no one wants.
·      The government should consult with farmers and consumers before it approves any new GM crop.
You can see the summary of information the company has submitted to the CFIA to request approval of the GM apple. The submission remains secret and is not available to the public.
More Actions
2.   Send the action alert by email – Click here for the text.
3.   Join the campaign! If you are in BC contact the Okanagan Greens to join the campaign. Elsewhere in Canada, contact CBAN.
CBAN is working with Bee SAFE, GE Free BC, Okanagan Greens Society, True Food Foundation, and Vigilance OGM to stop the GM apple.

The GM “non-browning” apple is engineered to keep from going brown after being cut. This apple is designed for fast food companies and other companies that use pre-cut apples. The technology was developed in Australia and licensed by the small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Okanagan Specialty Fruits asked for approval in the US in March 2010 and has just asked for approval in Canada. The GM apple has not yet been approved anywhere in the world.

What do apple growers think about the GM apple?
In 2001, BC apple growers stopped the GM apple from being field tested in Canada. The federal government agricultural station in Summerland in the Okanagan valley, an important fruit growing area, was preparing to start field trials but BC growers who were concerned about contamination stopped these field trials from happening.
In September 2011 CBAN and organizations from across BC organized a series of public events to discuss genetic engineering. At an event in Keremeos, Lee McFadyen of Mariposa Organic Farm and the Live Earth Organic Growers Association pointed out that there are already several varieties of apple that don’t brown.
Orchardist Andrea Turner of the Similkameen Okanagan Organic Producers Association said, “The tree fruit industry cannot afford anything silly like that”.
And boycott Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Maybe an apple a day will no longer keep the doctor away.

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