The Food and Drug Administration has recently given a green light to a genetically modified potato engineered to resist a pathogen that is responsible for causing the Irish Potato Famine. No different than with their approval of GM salmon, the FDA seems oblivious to risk assessment and consumer concerns that deem a GM potato undesirable, claiming that the GE potato is indeed safe for consumption.
In a letter to J.R. Simplot Co., the makers of the GM potato, the FDA said that it wasn’t substantially-different in composition or safety from other products already on the market, and doesn’t require any more stringent vetting.
However, several studies carried out by scientists independent of the biotech industry have revealed glaring differences between GMOs and their non-GMO counterparts. This makes a mockery of the regulatory principle of ‘Substantial Equivalence’ which has facilitated approvals of GMOs with practically no protection for public health and the environment.
Doug Cole, J.R. Simplot’s director of marketing and communications said:
“We’re pleased and hope that consumers recognize the benefits once it’s introduced into the marketplace next year.”
There is only one hurdle left for the company before they can unleash the GM potato to consumers – the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but the company expects that to happen as early as this December, with plans to go to market right away. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the potato in August.
Related: Read more About the GMO ‘Innate’ Potato
But the approval doesn’t come without consumer backlash; the new GMO potato represents yet another reason we need to adopt GMO labeling across the country. Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farm and Just Label It, said:
“The approval of the Simplot potato is yet another reason that consumers should have a right to know what’s in their food and how it was produced. With the previous approval of other GMO potatoes, the Arctic apple and AquAdvantage salmon—the first GMO animal approved for human consumption—GMO foods are no longer relegated to the processed food shelves.”
Consumers should be trusted with the information to decide what food is right for their families. Companies should be proud of their products and support clear GMO labeling, just as Campbell Soup Company has done in announcing that it favors a national mandatory labeling system and will begin labeling its own products nationwide.”
Both McDonald’s and Frito Lay have said they will not purchase GM potatoes to pass on to their customers, largely due to consumer backlash.
53 thoughts on “FDA Claims New GM Potatoes are Safe: But Would You Eat it?”
I wonder what all those poor souls that died in that famine would say about Chrissy’s lies and superstitions? I’m sure they would have burned her at the stake like she deserves.
So your mental complications have taken you to wishing death on those who don’t follow your blind assumptions, or is it scripted responses?
Fascist, you should be arrested and held for mental evaluation, I think your a potential danger to society. Those poor souls that died in the potato wouldn’t say anything, BECAUSE THEY DIED, idiot. I’m comparing your mental imbalance to your calling Christina a liar all of the time. Believe a lying fascist mental case or an independent journalist and truly concerned humanitarian?
The US statute clearly places the burden of proof on the
manufacturer and requires that foods containing new additives be
presumed unsafe until proven safe. But in the case of GM foods, the
US has turned the law on its head and insists they must be presumed
safe until proven not to be.
Lol, you are very uninformed as usual. Show me the studies that ever proved mutation breeding as safe. Or was it just accepted because it didn’t very significantly and morons like you didn’t have the Internet to whine about it from mommies basement?
Trying to prove your lack of mental capacities?
Good job, proven there pervert.
Radiation and chemical mutation breeding are the initial efforts of the major and controlling agricorps, you should be the one proving their safety, along with GE GMO’s. The article following will demonstrate why no proof is yet available, even though the scientific community believes that there needs to be more research conducted.
There are 57 studies for your troll ass to provide disinformation on.
Statement: No scientific consensus on GMO safety
ensser dot org/increasing-public-information/no-scientific-consensus-on-gmo-safety/
And yet products from mutation breeding are not only accepted as safe, but can even be labeled organic.
there are not 57 studies (not that you could read a study anyway).
here are two in from that site.
“Hilbeck, A., et al. (2011). Environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants – concepts and controversies. Environmental Sciences Europe 23(13).
 Hilbeck, A. and J. E. U. Schmidt (2006). Another view on Bt proteins – How specific are they and what else might they do?”
study, or article ? you decide. Plus, lets be honest, you could find twice as many articles/studies on computer monitor radiation risk, yet you happily ignore those. Probably call parents or kids on cell phones, and San Fran wanted them labeled as cancer risks.
garden-of-eatin dot com/how-to-avoid-monsanto/
in5d dot com/list-of-monsanto-free-seed-companies/
planet dot infowars dot com/uncategorized/seed-companies-owned-by-monsanto
I buy organic seeds for my organic garden, some hybrids also, and have no fear of GMO seeds either.
you seem quite angry at folks that don’t share your beliefs.
I think Monsanto is the poster child for all we don’t like about corporate foods…but it they disappeared today, we would still have all the same issues.
focus on the root causes..read “Plan B” for example
jonrappoport dot wordpress dot com/2015/10/04/what-youre-supposed-to-think-vs-what-you-think/
Mr tater, I don’t really spend a lot of time reading other’s opinions on what I should be thinking.
if you have something of detail to say about GMO potatoes and their risk or issues, speak up, if you want risk theatre and iron clad inudendo’s based on social/political perspectives. , there are plenty of like minded folks who will be happy to rail against the machine.
en dot wikipedia dot org/wiki/Bradford_Hill_criteria
Mr tater… dot wiki / conformational bias
I have enjoyed your links also, though the aliens among us was a little beyond my imaginary preferences.
It is interesting to see how differently people view the world, that is why I follow the GMO issue, I often disagree with the basis for gmo suspicions (I have different issues with corp farming than gmo per say)…but it makes you look, …and that is good for both sides of the discussions.
beyondpesticides dot org/assets/media/documents/health/pid-database dot pdf
MISCONCEPTION: Science proves ideas.
CORRECTION: Journalists often write about “scientific proof” and some scientists talk about it, but in fact, the concept of proof — real, absolute proof — is not particularly scientific. Science is based on the principle that any idea, no matter how widely accepted today, could be overturned tomorrow if the evidence warranted it. Science accepts or rejects ideas based on the evidence; it does not prove or disprove them.
Scientists and others influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Karl
Popper sometimes assert that only falsifiable ideas are scientific.
However, we now recognize that science cannot once-and-for-all prove any idea to be false (or true for that matter).
undsci dot berkeley dot edu/teaching/misconceptions dot php#b10
seems fair…what is your point or takeaway from that ?
Karl Popper…did a bit of reading, interesting.
Yikes, even worse than I thought……how about this one
 Hunt, P., et al. (2012). Yes: Food labels would let consumers make informed choices. Environmental Health News. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/yes-labels-on-gm-foods”
Three “studies” to the same EU paper, what’s that about
“27] European Commission (2010). A decade of EU-funded GMO research (2001–2010).
 European Commission (2010): 128.
 European Commission (2010): 157. ”
I would say about 4-10 were studies, and typically, if you read the study conclusions, they say more studies are needed….which is what most all researches say..that is how they make their living.
20 years, trillilons of GMO exposures…where’s the evidence ?
Sorry, but people really need to be more critical of what they read.
A heavy reliance on just one or two high-yielding varieties of potato
greatly reduced the genetic variety that ordinarily prevents the
decimation of an entire crop by disease, and thus the Irish became
vulnerable to famine. In 1845 Phytophthora arrived accidentally from North America,
The causative agent of late blight is the water mold Phytophthora infestans.
Since you seem to be ill informed and the political infiltration of the sciences has blinded you. Here is the history of the late blight, britannica dot com/event/Irish-Potato-Famine
Amazing how history will tell us that relying on your politically oriented pseudo-science is the path to future blights and related afflictions that the People themselves are trying to prevent.
Moronic fascist, try the truth.
Doesn’t matter what happened if there had been a gmo high yielding variety that was resistant to the blight millions might have been saved. Only your stupidity keeps you from seeing that mommies little boy. So go back to your blow up doll.
This has environmental sciences written all over it, the blight came from North America stupid. Another point was due to there only being one or two varieties of potato the blight was effective at wiping out the crops. So 1 GMO variety would totally eliminate any future crop hazards?
Your stupid and can’t read, not to mention totally lacking common sense.
Go back to your ky and masturbation.
That would be you for when your blow up doll has a headache.
Liar liar pants on fire. Are you 12 yrs old??
Really? The ones that died wouldn’t have gladly accepted a gmo in place of starvation? Your iq must be twelve yeas old or less most likely to back up such a stupid statement.
LOL!!! you’re killing us with your lack of intelligence!
love the imagery of pants on fire.
Meet you at the bike rack after school and we can talk about it more.
have no doubt the GMOs whiz kids are turning to desperate measures now that BIOTECH is crashing, laying off thousands shutting down offices across the nation…all those lies over so many years still coming to get you.
what kind of desperate measures John ?
what a liar and a loser.
lied about what ? That I eat organic, hybrid, and gmo…that gmo potatoes are engineered from other potatoes that had the desired traits. All I did is look up the “truth” others posted, and found it to be opinion.
Loser, why ?
I have a job….very much in the fields of Env. risk and Product Stewardship.
You are giving those folks with legitimate issues with gmo products a bad name….imo.
more lies….what a sad reality you have. Good news is that we don’t put up with this crap anymore.
“have no doubt the GMOs whiz kids are turning to desperate measures now that BIOTECH is crashing, laying off thousands shutting down offices across the nation…all those lies over so many years still coming to get you.”
“get a job and stop lying to everyone”
“what a liar and a loser.”
more lies….what a sad reality you have. Good news is that we don’t put up with this crap anymore”
wowski !…there are discussions, even arguments, and then there is just hateful posts like yours. Go bother your family, they are priced into having to deal with your bad attitude in life.
seriously, get a job and stop wasting your life
get a job and stop lying to everyone.
The paid trolls are so obvious. Shame on you. Bottom line is, you are paying to poison yourself with gmo foods period. The rest of the planet is in process of banning gmo’s and the same will take place in the good ol’ USA. What is going to end this fraud is that people are not going to buy it at the grocery store. I’m seeing retailers increasing their inventory of Organic food stuff’s because consumers are demanding it. GMO’s are poison. The studies conducted by american universities are complete fraud, with everyone being either paid off or coerced into omitting or changing all the detrimental findings. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I wouldn’t buy anything that the bought and paid for FDA (fraud & death administrators) has to say. They have lost all credibility with me!
Ed, what country has banned the gmo potato ? You lump all gmo into one category…that is not right.
The potato in question, was modified using pototo gene, via biotechology rather than hybridization
it is a potato, made from a potato.
paid trolls, who is silly enough to think every dissenting post comes from trolls….think.
Your anonymity and expertise give you away.. thank you.
I do have 30 years as an Environmental professional, MS degree and BS degree, and 10 years in product stewardship experience so you nailed that. I follow GMO issues as the poster child of all that goes into “product stewardship” discussions.
I love the drama on these boards(such as your post). I was surprised that the GMO potato wasn’t really a transgenic product…more of an accelerated hybrid. Genetic engineering is not all the same (my degrees are more mainstream engineering and chemistry, so not an expert by any means.)
I do think Monsanto’s gmo’s are not a good example of what GMO is capable of, they are more profit motivated than I would like to see.
You shouldn’t put people into such buckets…life is not
that sinister. Or maybe, you are paid by the Organic Consumers Asssocation ?? (just teasing)
LOL -you have a degree is BS thats for sure!
speaking of paid posters ed
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nice “science” though (hope the sarcasm comes across” …
All people suffer from parasites of one type or another during their lifetimes.
Parasites are positively charged. Unhealthy tissue is also positively charged.
The introduction of very weak electric current (via the Zapper) perhaps destroys parasites by reversing the polarity of the static field in which they thrive. A flood of free electrons, in this case, encourage diseased tissue to heal — healthy tissue is negatively charged, which is to say that there’s an overabundance of free electrons in and around it.
Parasites cannot defend their positive polarity (deficit of free electrons) against the introduction of simple direct current and they die very quickly when the static field of their environment (blood, lymph, mucus, cerebrospinal fluid, interior of eye, etc.) is negative-charged.
An environment that has an abundance of free electrons will repel parasites whether electric current, magnets, or orgone generate this state.
Parasites not only die when subjected to electricity, but also apparently disintegrate and are easily assimilated as harmless nutrients or eliminated.
McDonald’s and Frito Lay won’t touch them because of fear of consumer backlash, not because of any documented health risks. There is no difference between gene splicing and crossbreeding until you can get a plant to get the desired effect other than time involved. There is absolutely no difference in the chemical composition of a GMO and organic(which has been crossbred for desirable traits) version of any produce, just the genetic sequence is different.
edit: These articles are preying on the stupid and uninformed. You’ve spread baseless accusations, while the GMO food companies do have some shady business practices, such as GM seeds being considered IP. They’ve made leaps and strides on making higher yields on less water, with less land etc. Read what Bill Nye or anyone with some ACTUAL scientific background has to say about the issue, instead of some “humanitarian” who would help to misinform you because she thinks she has some moral high ground.
excellent example of how the anti gmo fervor has resulted in bad consumers decisions.
GMO potatoes uses potato genes to reduce the amount of acrylaminde, and the amount of
reduce cancer risk, use less fuel per potato…all from crossing a potato with a potato.
how scary, and why didn’t the article above even mention that ?
eat a potato…what kind of risk taker do you think I am ? Next you will be asking me if I get out of bed in the morning !!
Due to trolls and negative commentors below, due to the FDA disregarding openness and transparency, I will do my very best to not consume genetically modified foods, safe or unsafe as they may be. Irregardless of ALL of your comments supporting GMO’s, IT WILL Never convince me due to your lack of character where this discussion is concerned.
NEVER, NEVER, EVER EAT THIS CRAP FOOD!
This is the First GE’d product I’ve heard of that might not be toxic, as it’s using DNA from a related potato, not from a fish, tomato, pig, or whatever. Nonetheless, we’ve yet to see a decent number of studies on gene-‘editing’ (‘snipping’) technology; and the hasty approval by USDA (headed by GMO-chum Vilsack) makes me suspicious. It’s also notable that EPA is expected to give approval in December, although it just can’t seem to get itself together to review toxic chemicals that have needed a re-approval/ban/limit review for Years.
I have been consuming regular natural potatoes, so why it need to be GMO it? It doesn’t makes sense because it’s nothing wrong with natural potatoes.
In the meantime, while the results of GMOspud consumption become known, guess I’ll have to find a source of potatoes grown in non GMO realms — dobri den gospodin, xochu kupit kartoflya!
Just say NO to GMO’S….and I do!