Breaking: Canada approves three types of genetically engineered potatoes

Breaking: Canada approves three types of genetically engineered potatoes

 
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This week Canadian officials announced that three types of GM potatoes, engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine, are safe for the environment and safe for Canadians to eat. The approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the potatoes can be imported, planted, and sold in Canada. 7 (The Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, and Atlantic potatoes were approved by U.S. regulatory agencies in February.)

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Health Canada spokeswoman Renelle Briand stated that the company has no objection to the sale of food derived from J.R. Simplot (the Idaho company) and that any misshapen potatoes that cannot be sold will be used as feed for livestock.

Potatoes, which are the fourth food staple crop in the world (behind corn, rice, and wheat) can suffer from blight, especially when grown in wetter regions. Simplot says their GM potatoes have been spliced with only potato genes and that “the resistance to late blight comes from an Argentine variety of potato that naturally produced a defense.”8The potatoes also have “reduced bruising and black spots, enhanced storage capacity and a lower amount of a chemical that’s a potential carcinogen and is created when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures.”9

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The potatoes are currently available for purchase in 40 states and 4,000 supermarkets. So, be on the lookout. Or better yet, just buy organic.








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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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  • Anne Cole

    Why does everyone take pills and have health issues. Its the food you eat. GMO destroys your insides.

  • Alleged Comment

    The NERVE of them to NOT tell us they have genetically modified the food we eat for DECADES! This is why I object to GMO foods.

    Buy organic when possible. I simply don’t trust people that do things behind your BACK!!

  • Joe Renaud

    There was no Irish potato famine. That meme was a created famine by the powers that be who tried to commit genocide on the Irish people through forced starvation. These GMO potatoes will not be accepted by the Canadian people but instead rejected.

  • Bear Checkel

    The GMO came from a potato that was resistant to a fungus, this means less fungicide applications on future potato crops, how is that bad? you guys freak out about gmos , fungicides are a known health hazard.

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