Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Pineapple has joined the GMO club
Del Monte, one of the biggest distributors of pineapples in the world has been developing a Genetically Modified pineapple that they call Rosé. The USDA has just approved this GM version of pineapple for eventual sales in the U.S. It is being grown right now in Costa Rica and is still going through "testing." The FDA has to give its go ahead as well and then it will have a big fat green light to be imported straight to your dinner table.
Del Monte's request for approval describes the GMO Rosé variety as having "rose-colored flesh", which the company says comes from the addition of genes from "edible plant species, pineapple and tangerine" genetically modified to change the color of the pineapple.
Just a quick reminder for anyone who missed this post.... Genetically Modified food is UNSTABLE! There have been studies done that prove that the intended DNA sequence for these crops mutate and change. And the mutations and changes are unpredictable. So not too far into the future you could have 20 pineapples in front of you at the grocery store that are all genetically different. And once you ingest that Genetically Modified crop with the UNNATURAL gene inserted into it, there is a chance that it could alter your DNA as well. Studies are being done to see if in fact the unstable inserted gene can mutate our own human DNA.... it is not proven yet but I'm not going to be a guinea pig and take the risk. GMOs are really really bad!
Companies are eager to produce Genetically Modified crops though because they can patent them and then have exclusive profit rights to that product.
No one can patent a pineapple... unless you are God. But insert a "favorable" gene into it that is from another species and all of a sudden you have something that no one else can plant and/or sell without paying you for it. So the creators and suppliers of the Genetically Modified Crops aren't necessarily trying to slowly kill you.... your health is irrelevant to them. They are just focused on PROFIT!
So you might be okay to continue buying conventionally grown pineapple for the next few months maybe.... but be careful because soon most of the pineapples that are not specifically labeled "Organic" will most likely be Genetically Modified spiky toxic fruit. And last thing.... don't think that you will be alerted when this starts happening. Unlike a lot of countries across the pond, U.S. companies DO NOT have to label their food as Genetically Modified. So you will have no idea when this change is made. Comforting isn't it?