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GM Apples in our supermarkets?

Postby aardvark_admin » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:09 am

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's I figured I'd do whatever it took to slow the progression of the disease.

Lots of research indicated a number of things that may be within a person's control and which may have an effect -- most of them related to diet.

So, I have a pretty controlled diet these days, with a focus on maintaining healthy bood-sugar levels and promoting healthy gut flora.

One of my dietary staples is "an apple a day" so for most of the year I eat good, nutritious Kiwi-grown Granny Smith apples. With a reduced sense of taste the tartness of these apples provides some much needed sensory feedback.

At this time of year, NZ-grown apples are not available so the supermarkets are filled with US-grown variants.

I have been buying and eating the US-grown Granny Smith apples and I'm not particularly impressed with either the taste or the texture but least impressive of all is the fact that they are also seedless.

I kid you not... there are no pips in these apples!

How the hell do they achieve this unless it's by way of GM?

And why would they produce "sterile" culitivars -- if not to simply make it impossible for people to grow the fruit from the seed of its fruit?

Roll on late march, when locally grown fruit is once again available.
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Re: GM Apples in our supermarkets?

Postby pctek » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:11 am

GM.

OMG. Shock horror.

Have you ever seen wild corn? The original stuff? Skinny, small, with a handful of coloured kernels.

How about what tomatoes used to look like. Tiny oval things about the size of a currant.

Orange carrots, another weird modification.

Or peas. All peas were wrinkled once, until a monk breed them into smooth. What is that except the slow method of GM.
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Re: GM Apples in our supermarkets?

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:13 am

Well there's actually GM and there's selective breeding.

There's no way that tomatoes end up with frog-genes, regardless of how much you selectively breed them -- *THAT'S* GM!
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