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Biting Back

The GMO Arctic Apple may be headed to a grocery store near you this week. The apples will supposedly bear a label identifying the brand (Arctic). But they won't have a label that says "GMO." You can thank Congress and its DARK Act, for that.
Our allies at Friends of the Earth (FOE) have done some sleuthing. They don’t know exactly which stores are guilty of using consumers as GMO apple guinea pigs, but they do know that 10 grocery stores in the Midwest are quietly testing packages of sliced GMO apples to see if consumers “bite.” 

The GMO apple uses an experimental, unregulated technique called RNA interference that keeps the apple from turning brown after it’s been sliced. Scientists say this process may have negative unintended impacts on human health and the environment. 

Who stands to benefit from the GMO apple? Not consumers like you. Definitely not apple growers, who have opposed this apple all along. The Arctic Apple benefits no one except Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that now owns the GMO salmon, the GMO mosquito and the GMO apple.

You can help disrupt the market for these apples. But we need you to act now during this trial run in grocery stores. 

Please sign our petition to grocery store CEOs asking them to reject Intrexon’s GMO apple. We'll deliver the petition to the CEOs of big grocery chains, such as Costco, Albertsons, Safeway, Target, Walmart, and Trader Joe's. If you live in the Midwest, please help us identify stores that are already selling GMO apples.

TAKE ACTION: Tell grocery stores to commit to keeping GMO apples off their shelves! 

Live in the Midwest? Help us find the stores selling GMO apples. 

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