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GMO Apple

irst Published in Health Action Magazine Summer 2014

A British Columbia company has applied for government approval to sell a GM apple (it has now been approved), or “Arctic Apple” that doesn’t brown for 15 to 18 days after being cut. The company ‘silences’ the browning gene by inserting new genetic material into the apple DNA: from an apple, a plant virus and two different bacteria. The GM apple will look fresh, even when it’s not. The company appears not to have conducted any animal feeding trials to test the safety of eating the GM apples, and Health Canada does not do any independent testing, but relies on information submitted by the company. The BC Fruit Growers’ Association (made up of both organic and conventional growers) officially opposes the GM apple. Contamination from GM apples would threaten the future of organic apples and the export market for BC apples around the world. Approval could come as early as this year. To this end, HANS would like to release the following list of stores that have made a written commitment not to sell the “Arctic Apple” and thank them for their support in this public health issue. HANS would also like to thank the Society for a GE Free BC and Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) for their invaluable assistance.

Click here for "Putting the Freeze on the GM Apple"- first published in Health Action Magazine, Summer 2014

Click here for the GM Labelling Fact Sheet (May 2015)

HANS (Health Action Network Society), would like to thank the following stores and distributors for taking a stance and saying NO to the GM apple. 

This list has been updated as of April 27, 2015

108 Mile Supermarket 108 Mile Ranch, BC
49th Parallel Grocery Ladysmith, BC
Ave Maria Specialties Prince George, BC
Choices Markets Delta, BC  
East End Food Co-op, Vancouver, BC
Edible Island Whole Foods Market Courtenay, BC
Ellisons Market Café Nelson, BC
Eternal Abundance Vancouver, BC
Famous Foods Vancouver, BC
Fruit World Sicamous, BC
Greens Organic & Natural Market Vancouver, BC
Heaven on Earth Natural Foods Qualicum Beach, BC
Hippie Foods Burnaby, BC
Jim M Koo Produce Vancouver, BC
Kootenay Co-op Nelson, BC
Lifestyle Markets Victoria, BC
Nature’s Fare Vernon, BC
Olives Community Market Whistler, BC
Organic Acres Market Vancouver, BC
Pomme Natural Market Port Coquitlam, BC
Rock Creek General Store Rock Creek, BC
Sprout Organic Market North Vancouver, BC
Surrey Natural Foods Surrey, BC
Sweet Cherubim Vancouver, BC
The Biggest Little Fruit Stand Castlegar, BC
The Community Farm Store Duncan, BC
The Market on Millstream Victoria, BC
The Market on Yates Victoria, BC
Valley Natural Health Products Langley, BC
Roots Natural Oranic Foods Maple Ridge, BC
Blue Moon Organics Maple Ridge, BC
The Ruddy Potato – Healthy & Organic Bowen Island, BC
Fresh Point -DIST Vancouver, BC
Left Coast Naturals -DIST Burnaby, BC
Country Grocer Victoria, BC
Askew Foods Sicamous, BC
Sunnyside Natural Market Calgary, AB
The Big Carrot Toronto, ON
Blush Lane Organic Markets Calgary & Edmonton, AB
Daybreak Mill Estevan, SK
Harvest Haven Market Farm Lethbridge, AB
Soaring Heart Wellness Shelburne, ON
True Food Organics Fredericton, NB
Vita Health Foods Niagara Falls, ON
SPUD Vancouver, BC

For more information on last year's campaign, please read this backgrounder & Press release (May 12).  Store managers declared their opposition to carrying the GM Apple in their store by signing this letter

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