Are GE Potatoes Coming to a Store Near You?

A scientist holds a genetically modified vegetableMeet the genetically engineered (GE) potato: it’s virtually indistinguishable from normal potatoes, except that it bruises less easily… and that its long-term health effects are completely unknown.

The GE potato was created by biotech company J.R. Simplot, who intends to use it in a variety of fried foods like french fries, and may even market the crop as a “healthier alternative”. But the real story is that this crop has yet to be thoroughly tested for human health risks. Plus, altering enzymes in crops like the potato can unintentionally affect other characteristics of the crop, meaning it could have negative side effects that we haven’t discovered yet.

With these GE potatoes being sold unlabeled in supermarkets and restaurants, consumers won’t even be able to decide for themselves whether to puchase them.

Sign the petition to tell the USDA to stop the approval of the GE potato.

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