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FDA Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes — Here’s What You Must Know to Avoid Them

Three Types of New GMOs Set to Hit Store Shelves

In July of 2015, the first genetically modified potato, most specifically in the form of white russets. Two years have gone by and people are still in the dark about this. Now, there are three types of GMO potatoes that are set to be sold in grocery stores. 

What’s worse is that there will be no labeling laws to notify consumers if they are eating organic or GMO. This was passed by J.R. Simplot even with a $1.6 billion loss to the U.S. potato market from rejections. These three toxic types of GMO potatoes are going to be in shelves this fall, but there some things you need to know so you can effectively avoid them.

Despite being claimed as “safe” by the U.S. EPA and FDA, critics say the three new GMO potato varieties, which will be grown in Idaho and Wisconsin, have not been through long-term independent safety or environmental testing. The three new brands to watch out for are Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank, and the White Russet that was sold in limited amounts in 2015.

The GMO potatoes are genetically engineered to be resistant to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.These potatoes are said to have less bruising, less carcinogenic chemicals given off when cooking, fewer black spots and enhanced cold storage. 

They were also engineered to use less fungicides, according to the developers.While GMO producing corporations continue to make similar promises about their creations, a recent report from The New York Times titled ‘Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops’ found that the crops have not lived up to promises of greater yields or less agricultural chemical use.

Arpad Pustzai, a renowned biologist from Scotland, examined the GMO potato and found many health risks (Damages the stomach, immune system and organs within lab animals); this lead to the increase of skepticism and bans on the cultivation of genetically modified Europe.
The new GMO potatoes are quite a bit different from the original ones Pustzai found. A new process called “gene editing,” allows plants to , ensuring that they remain far less tested than the peer-reviewed independent study Pustzai conducted in 1998.

How to Avoid the New GMO Potatoes

The new potatoes come in the three main varieties listed above: Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank. The new GMO potatoes will most likely be in grocery store shelves to cafes and restaurants, due to the fact that they will not be labeled. The lack of mandatory labeling laws and regulations is from the Biotech and food industry donating millions to prevent them, and also the recent national law that was crafted in order to eliminate Vermont’s current GMO labeling law. 

You can contact the Simplot company by their number and e-mail, and telling them how you feel about GMO potatoes being sold on grocery store shelves. You can also look for the words “Innate” or Simplot on the bag, and choose to buy different varieties whenever possible.

Spending your money on organic potatoes will be worth it, as the potatoes sold today are laced with pesticides that leave residues. Potatoes soft skin is easily penetrated by these chemicals within pesticides.

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