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It’s Fruit & Veggies Month!

September 16, 2016
September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month. The month-long event, sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Each day, Americans are bombarded by dozens of conflicting messages about the food they eat. Sometimes health professionals can’t even agree on what’s best. One thing they can agree on: Eat more fruits and vegetables. The scientific evidence is clear, and overwhelming. These foods can help maintain a healthy weight, and help reduce the risk of diet-related chronic diseases – such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer.

GMO Answers frequently gets questions about GMO fruits and vegetables: if they’re safe, if they’re healthy, or if they harm the environment.  You may be surprised to know there are only a few fruits and vegetables on the market that are genetically modified, including Rainbow papaya, sweet corn, squash and potatoes. GM non-browning apples have been approved and will be coming to market soon.

Neal Carter, President and Founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, which grows the Arctic® apple, answers consumers’ questions about GMO apples on the GMO Answers website:
Arctic® apples have been rigorously tested for everything from nutritional content to their response to pests (and cross-pollination issues as well!) and, other than their nonbrowning attribute, have proven to be just the same as their conventional counterparts with no unique risks. We have simply silenced the production of the enzyme that drives the browning process (polyphenol oxidase) using apple genes, and Arctic fruit contains no new proteins.

Joe Guenthner, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Idaho, explains the value of genetically modified potatoes:
Innate® potatoes’ health and environmental benefits for farmers and consumers: First, they bruise about 40 percent less than conventional potatoes and will not show black spots or browning when peeled and prepared. This can help reduce an estimated 400 million pounds of russet potato waste that go to landfills each year from restaurants and supermarkets. Consumers will also throw away fewer potatoes because of black spot. With fewer bruised potato rejects, farmers can market more of their crop and reduce pesticide, water and carbon dioxide from farm production.

If you have questions about GMO fruits and vegetables, or any other kind of GMO, please visit and explore the GMO Answers website.