The apple has always been a symbol of health. But the question is: What all the stores and manufacturers are ready to do in order to attract customers and make them buy their apples only? The answer is: “The sky is the limit!”
It’s true – gaining competitive advantages over other producers has long become a rat race.
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 capture 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 influence. Apples currently are being grown in test plots in the US and are being reviewed by the USDA.
What is GMO?
Scientists are modifying crops genetically in order to increase the plants’ resistance to pests, to harvest a better crop and to 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 public.
However, certain researches conducted in private laboratories have shown that GMO food is killing living organisms, and if consumed over a long period of time, 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. The new feature of apples has certainly improved their aesthetic nature, but at the expense of their significantly decreased nutritive nature.
Therefore, the new apples produced by recombinant DNA are a demonstration of the research capacity of the biotech industry in creating long-lasting, persistent and visually stunning product, rather than creating healthy produce that should meet the actual nourishing needs of consumers.
Our recommendation for you is this–stick to fresh foods of your local greengrocer’s, and be sure to avoid the good looking GMO products.
Unfortunately for us, the GMO products are not labeled, so we have no certain way of telling 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 foods 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. They simply look like neat pharmaceutical stuff, don’t they? 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 delicious 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 – it only means that it is naturally, not artificially matured.
So, when you see this kind of apples on the shelves, chances are slim for them to be GMO tagged.
Look for the number on the product label – PLU (Product Number Lookup)
If the PLU four-digit number starts in ‘3’ or ‘4’, the product is not GMO, but it is made at a 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, full-grown without harmful chemicals, pesticides or genetic modification. These foods are completely safe to eat.
The products, with a five-digit number, starting in number ‘8’ are GMO crops which have been unnaturally grown i.e. grown with genetic modification.
Ignore the nice packaging
GMO product manufacturers, ever the profiteers, spend a lot of money on attractive packaging. Do not fall in this sellers’ trap. A swell casing does not match the inside quality when it comes to GMO apples!
Another way of avoiding 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: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, China and India, which even produce GMO cotton.