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At the BIO 2013 Convention at McCormick place in Chicago.
Organic Consumers Association rally & street theater protesting the awarding of the biotach OSF Arctic Apple.
Mike N. Durschmid: Organic Consumer Association
Jessica Fujan: Food & Water Watch
Joan Levin: IL Right To Know
OCA Upsets the GMO ‘Apple’ Cart at BIO;
(Biotech Industry Organization – Chicago!)
Tuesday 4/23 (11:30a -1:00p)
Consumers, farmers, and the natural world are yet again to be assaulted by the biotech industry with a new GMO Arctic Apple. A Golden and Granny Smith-looking apple that never browns — but the same RNA gene strand technology that turns off the browning process also turns off a natural resistance to pests, which will result in more toxic pesticides being put on an already over-toxic crop. As if it weren’t bad enough that non-organic apples top the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of the most pesticide-ridden foods. And to make it even worse, hurting the livelihoods of farmers by threatening consumer confidence in apples. With the exception of organic apples, which should be encouraged, to avoid GMOs, consumers will have to otherwise avoid all normal Golden and Granny Smith apples that will look the same as the GMO apple, with no labeling and no way to tell them apart.
Join the Organic Consumer Association as we shake up the Biotech Apple Cart on Tuesday at the BIO Conference in Chicago. One of the biotech industry’s largest annual conventions, where there will be an award presented to Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF) for developing this monstrous ‘Franken Apple’. Life is stranger than fiction!
OCA Press Release:
OCA and Consumer Activists to Picket, Protest GMO Apple at Biotechnology Industry Organization Convention in Chicago – Groups Plan Press Conference and Theatrical Activism to Upset the Biotech Apple Cart – Organic Consumers Association, April 18th, 2013 ….
OCA Op ed Long Version:
Frankenapple: Bad News No Matter How You Slice It
By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Organic Consumers Association, April 17th, 2013