As the battle for the food supply rages on with over 96 plus percent of the nation in full support of GMO labeling, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is throwing public opinion to the wayside and green lighting the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting.
Continuing the intensely documented relationship between major branches of the U.S. government and biotech firms, the latest actions by the Agriculture Department go hand in hand with reports we brought you nearly two years ago which revealed how U.S. representatives were actually threatening other nations with trade wars who would not accept Monsanto’s genetically modified crops.
Reuters reports on the decision to infect the food supply with genetically modified potato strains, including the fact that this genetically modified manufacturer is in fact a major supplier to McDonald’s for their Franken fries:
“The Agriculture Department on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods.
The Innate potato, developed by the J.R. Simplot Co., is engineered to contain less of a suspected human carcinogen that occurs when a conventional potato is fried, and is also less prone to bruising during transport.
Boise, Idaho-based Simplot is a major supplier of frozen french fries to fast-food giant McDonald’s.”
The decision by our ‘we the people’ government to approve genetically modified potatoes for implementation within the commercial food supply simply goes to show the necessity to push forward in the informational fight against biotech and GMOs at large. The nation knows that we do not want our food supply contaminated, let alone organic farms cross contaminated with genetically modified strains.
Once again, a major branch of the U.S. government has shown that it would rather put mega biotech corporations into a position of financial power than consider the desires and health of the public.
14 thoughts on “US Approves First Genetically Modified Potato for Planting”
Thanks for bringing this to us even though it is horrific news
Messing with the balance of nature is nothing more than a criminal act.
One word….. “BULL$#!T !!!”
No good rotten bastards will kill us all
US Government bought and paid for my Big Pharma, Big Food, anyone willing to throw a buck at them, and the WE THE PEOPLE GET SCREWED!
look up newleaf potatoes, they were a GMO potato made in teh 1990’s. This is not the first by any stretch.
seems like growing potatoes with less of something suspected of having a harmful effect on humans would be thought of as a good thing.
perhaps there’s something unnatural in Mr Gucciardi’s thinking.
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Can someone PLEASE TELL ME WHY THIS IS A BAD GMO??? I’m firmly against Monsanto’s BT Corn and HT Soybean, but this isnt Monsanto and its not corporate BS. Please, enlighten me before I go spreading the word about the benefits of this GMO. Again, I’m not in favor of GMO’s but some can be good… like golden rice…
The first problem with GMO crops is that we don’t know what impact they will have on the human immune system. We did not co-evolve with these plants. With every new GMO plant (and, admittedly, with each new non-GMO hybrid plant), there exists the possibility for new immune reactions in human consumers, such as allergic and autoimmune reactions.
The second problem with GMO crops is that they are engineered to resist being sprayed, and therefore are sprayed with continually-increasing amounts of pesticides and herbicides. For example, glyphosate is used on Monsanto’s GMO corn. We all know by now that glyphosate is toxic and can cause autoimmune reactions. An autoimmune disease is permanent; there is no cure.
I’m sure there are more reasons, but these are the two I thought of off the top of my head.
The vast majority of all modern crop plants are just that — MODERN, human-made species or varieties that do not exist in nature (for example, Zea mays, banana, wheat) and with which we definitely did not co-evolve. These plants were created via the “old fashioned genetic modification way” by breeding different species of plants together to make hybrid ‘mutants’ or by continually selecting the unique individual plants such that the final result is genetically nothing like what we started with — so your first point should apply to almost every type of plant you eat.
SOME and ONLY SOME GMO plants are glyphosate resistant. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT lump ALL things into one category. The potato mentioned in this article says nothing about the glyphosate resistance gene in it. Thus it is not being sprayed with Round-up. It is, however, being sprayed with VAST amounts of different chemicals made by Monsanto in order to minimize the growth of a potato-late blight fungal pathogen, and without said chemicals the majority of the potato crops in the world would not exist. I would trade a GMO potato that resists late blight to any non-GMO potato doused almost daily with fungicides. And to create such a late-blight resistant potato via genetic modification would “simply” be to take genes THAT ALREADY EXIST in plants related to potato and insert them into the potato — nothing unnatural there. We just can’t easily incorporate these ALREADY EXISTING NATURAL GENES into a potato via standard breeding methods to create a potato product that ‘performs’ to our satisfaction (taste, texture, storage, etc.). Many GM foods have been thoroughly tested and shown to be safe to eat. But some have not. “GMO” is not the problem. Lack of adequate testing is the problem.
Please attempt to use some actual biologically accurate facts rather than media hype when responding.
My problem with this is not that this potato is a GM food, but that Monsanto is allowed to 1) block all research in developing a GM potato resistant to late blight potato (because that would eliminate a huge portion of their chemical sales profit), and 2) circumvent the FDA regulations of showing a safe food product.
Huh, I know we can use a syringe to inject pesticide, plant growth regulators or artificial food color into fruit and vegetable, but I never know we can change plant genes with a syringe.
But I did see doctors or medical researcher change the nuclear content in animal cells or human egg cells by using a syringe. Should we change the images?