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USDA Approves GMO Apples- Here's How To Know The Difference.
Food & Drink
It’s true – apple has always been a symbol of health, but the question is what all the shops and manufacturers are willing to do in order to attract customers to gain competitive advantages and make consumers buy their apples only?
With the purpose of “quality improvement” and scoring better market sales, GMO apples are loaded with chemicals which give the appearance of big, bright, healthy-looking apples in order to grab the attention of the buyers.
Therefore, tasteless and dark apple slices are becoming ancient history thanks to genetically modified fruits designed to resists oxidation and escape any possible negative external factors. Apples currently are growing in test plots in the US and are being reviewed by the USDA.
What is GMO?
Scientists are genetically modifying crops in order to increase the plant’s resistance to pests, yield and reduce the time needed for ripening. The biggest problem is that we do not know how these foods affect our health because the results of the studies on this subject have not yet been available for the general knowledge.
However, certain researches conducted in private laboratories have shown that GMO food is killing living organisms, and if consumed over a long period, can cause serious health disturbances and illnesses such as cancer, tumors, deformities and malformations.
Regarding this, it is not clear why they invested considerable financial resources for research and development of the GMO apples. New feature of apples has certainly improved the aesthetic nature, at the expense of the significantly decreased nutritive nature.
Therefore, the new apples produced by recombinant DNA area demonstration of the research capacity of the biotech industry in creating long-lasting, persistent and visually stunning product, instead of designing an offer that should meet the actual needs of consumers past the visual impact.
Our recommendation for you is this–stick to fresh foods of your local market, and be sure to avoid the good looking GMO products.
Unluckily for us, the GMO products are not labeled, so we have no certain way of knowing which one is fresh and natural, and which one is genetically modified creation? Regarding this, we have some free tips that can help you to easily spot the difference between the natural and GMO foods.
Basic principles of recognizing GMO food
GMO foods are generally nicer, rounder, and brighter, the products are of uniform size and appearance, bright color, no bruising and damage, and with no visible rot and scars. While on the other side, the natural apples are different in shapes and sizes, and not uniformly identical, big, bright and full.
We recommend that you buy a bumpy, irregular fruits and vegetables that are sometimes even ugly looking, which doesn’t mean they are not tasteful and beneficiary for your health.
It is very important that the fruits and vegetables are of different colors and shapes. It does not matter if the fruit or vegetables were bumped or somewhere a little rotten, because it means that is natural and not inartificially matured.
On the shelves where you can find this kind of apples, chances are slim that that’s a GMO apple.
Look for the number on the product label – PLU (Product Number Lookup)
If the PLU four-digit number that starts with 3 or 4, the product is not GMO, but is made at the farm that uses chemicals and pesticides that can also be toxic and dangerous to the human body.
If the number on the label has five digits beginning with a 9, the product is organic, grown without chemicals, pesticides or without genetic modification. These foods are completely safe.
The products, however, indicated a five-digit number, a starting number 8 are GMO crops which are abnormally grown with application of genetic modification.
Ignore the nice packaging
The ambition for profit allows to GMO product manufacturers to spend more money on a nicer package.
Another way to avoid GMOs is to eat fruit that is rarely genetically modified: onion, pineapple, avocado, peas, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, cabbage, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms.
The following products, however, are more likely to be genetically modified: apples, celery, peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, and spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, oranges, corn, cherry and sour peppers.
Also, you can find information on the Internet about which countries grow GMOs. If the nice looking apples come from a country that produces GMO, chances are that it is.
Countries that have banned the import and production of GMOs are France, Switzerland and Hungary.
The largest producers of GMOs are: USA, Argentina, Brazil, China and India that even produce GMO cotton.
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