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New Genetically Modified Potatoes Manufactured by J.R. Simplot Co. Could End up in McDonald’s French Fries

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Millions of Americans who eat in fast food restaurants are so much in love with McDonald's fries that they could almost taste French fries by just thinking about them. Like any other addiction (such as addiction to drugs, cigarettes or alcohol), people are addicted to salt, fat and sugar. Adding salt and sugar gives junk foods flavor and taste. They also trigger the center of the brain so people feel sudden pleasure after consuming sugary or salty snacks. The junk food industry designs the right combination of fat, salt and sugar in a way to confuse your brain into thinking that there are no calories in your favorite cheetoes or French fries and as a result people can't stop eating them.

The junk food industry is taking the whole thing into a whole new level by genetically altering the genes of our foods. Potatoes are no longer potatoes:

 The junk food industry has been changing the genes of foods like potatoes and has been adding toxic ingredients and additives like genetically modified high fructose corn syrup (made from GMO corn) into processed foods. As if white processed sugar wasn't bad enough, other toxic sugar substitutes are genetically modified to be used in processed foods.

"Potatoes are anything but healthy," writes Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food and Water Watch, in a letter (signed by 102,000 people) to McDonald's CEO, Don Thompson. Altering the plant's genes, she writes, could unintentionally affect other characteristics of the potato, "with potentially unforeseen consequences for human health".

Food & Water Watch has been asking the giant fast food company McDonald's (with a daily production of 9 million pounds of fries a day, every single year), not to purchase the new genetically altered potatoes manufactured by J.R. Simplot Co.    


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