Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to Commit to NEVER USE Simplot’s ‘Innately Wrong’ GMO Potato

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Less than a week after the Organic Consumers Association and other groups petitioned McDonald’s to reject a GMO potato newly approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ABC News reported “McDonald’s Won’t Buy Simplot’s GMO Potato.”

Some groups declared victory. But did McDonald’s really say that it “won’t buy” Simplot’s GMO potato—ever?

TAKE ACTION: Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to commit to NEVER USE Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO potato!

Simplot is the largest supplier of potatoes to McDonald’s. So naturally, as soon as the USDA approved Simplot’s genetically modified “Innate” potato, consumers (and the media) wanted to know if McDonald’s will be serving up Frankenfries.

Here’s what a McDonald’s spokesperson told the Idaho Statesman in answer to that question:

“McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices.”

ABC News, along with NBC News, CBS News and numerous other media outlets interpreted that statement as a victory for consumers.

But was it really just a victory for McDonald’s public relations team?

Here’s how POLITICO interpreted the statement from McDonald’s:

“McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes…”: To be clear, neither McDonald’s nor any other fast food chain, restaurant or casual potato user can source GMO potatoes since none are available on the market. Monsanto introduced a GMO potato in the mid 1990s, but it pulled the product due to lagging sales just a few years later. J.R. Simplot’s new spud has its approval from USDA, but the company is still awaiting FDA’s sign off before it will start its marketing and sales efforts, the company has said. So currently there are no GMO potatoes to source.

“…nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices.”: Restaurants test products internally and among customers before making them regular menu items to ensure they will be well received. But because of USDA’s biotechnology rules, the Innate potato has effectively been under lock and key at J.R. Simplot’s facilities and highly regulated locations. USDA issued its approval Nov. 10, not nearly enough time for any company to sign off on its use or to test the product. But even if it was, McDonald’s buys 3.4 billion pounds of potatoes each year. J.R. Simplot meanwhile, currently has just 400 acres in production.

In other words, McDonald’s issued a statement that while factually correct, today, by no means rules out the future possibility of the fast-food chain serving frankenfries to consumers who won’t have a clue.

Simplot wants consumers to believe that its new GMO potato is not only harmless, it provides consumers with several benefits. Among those benefits are the fact that the potato is bruise-resistant (which is really a benefit to commercial buyers and growers, not consumers), and that when heated to a temperature required for frying, the potato produces less asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid that at high temperatures reacts with some sugars to oxidize into acrylamide. Acrylamide is recognized as a potential carcinogen.

In other words, the maker of the Innate GMO potato says it’s not only safe (the same claim Monsanto and Dow make about their GMO corn and soy products), it’s actually better for you than a non-GMO potato.

What Simplot doesn’t tell you is that the technology used to create the Innate potato—RNA interference, or RNAi—is considered by some scientists to be even more dangerous than the DNA manipulation technology used to create Roundup Ready and Bt crops.

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We did it before. Can we do it again?

About 15 years ago, consumers pressured McDonald’s Corp. to stop buying New Leaf potatoes, a potato variety genetically engineered (by Monsanto) to produce its own insecticide.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a new GMO potato. The “Innate” brand is made by the J. R. Simplot Company—the largest supplier of potatoes to McDonald’s restaurants.
TAKE ACTION: Please Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to reject Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO Potato!

Simplot wants consumers to believe that its new GMO potato is not only harmless, it provides consumers with several benefits. Among those benefits are the fact that the potato is bruise-resistant (which is really a benefit to commercial buyers and growers, not consumers), and that when heated to a temperature required for frying, the potato produces less asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid that at high temperatures reacts with some sugars to oxidize into acrylamide. Acrylamide is recognized as a potential carcinogen.
In other words, the maker of the Innate GMO potato says it’s not only safe (the same claim Monsanto and Dow make about their GMO corn and soy products), it’s actually better for you than a non-GMO potato.
What Simplot doesn’t tell you is that the technology used to create the Innate potato—RNA interference, or RNAi—is considered by some scientists to be even more dangerous than the DNA manipulation technology used to create Roundup Ready and Bt crops.
According to Dr. Michael Hansen, who spoke with us this week about Simplot’s new GMO potato, RNAi technology poses greater safety and environmental risks than DNA technology. Hansen, a senior scientist with the Consumers Union, says it’s been proven that when RNA is altered, those changes survive the human digestive process and can interfere with gut health.
“RNAi technology is a new science that hasn’t been fully studied yet,” said Hansen. “We need an independent third-party assessment of the risks to human health of this new RNAi technology, and we need appropriate regulation.”
RNAi technology is the same technology used to create the Arctic Apple, genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. to not turn brown when sliced. (The Arctic Apple has not yet been approved).
Hansen isn’t the only scientist sounding alarms about the technology, whether it’s used to genetically engineer apples or potatoes. Professor Jack Heinemann (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Sarah Agapito-Tenfen (from Santa Catarina University in Brazil) and Judy Carman (Flinders University in South Australia), all agree that the technology is untested, and therefore inherently risky.
Even the USDA’s own researchers have called for safety testing of RNAi technology.
According to POLITICO, “the road for GMO potatoes from USDA’s approval to American dinner plates or fast food baskets could be a long one.” That’s because consumers don’t want GMO fries with their burger.
Please Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to reject Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO Potato!
Created: November 5, 2014
To: Donald Thompson, CEO, McDonalds

Dear Mr. Thompson,

When Monsanto tried to push its GMO potatoes into the market in the late 1990s, McDonald’s listened to consumers, and wisely rejected the biotech industry’s “Frankenpotato.”

As a consumer who cares about my (and my family’s) health, and the environment, I am asking you to reject the industry’s newest GMO potato, the “Innate,” made by the J.R. Simplot Co. I also want you to know that if McDonald’s uses this new GMO potato, I will urge everyone I know to not buy McDonald’s French fries.

Credible, independent scientists have studied the RNAi technology used to create the Innate potato. What they have found has led them to warn that this technology is untested and inherently risky.

Even the USDA’s own scientists have called for independent safety testing of this technology before it is unleashed into our food system and environment.

Unfortunately, the USDA has once again bowed to industry pressure and ignored the warnings of the scientific community in order to rush another genetically engineered food product to market.

McDonald’s heavily markets its restaurants and food products to children, who because their immune systems are not yet fully developed, are most at risk from untested and inadequately tested food products. Scientists have proven that the changes engineered by RNAi technology survive the human digestive process and can interfere with gut health—which is critical to a healthy immune system.

You did it before. Please do the right thing again and reject this new and risky GMO potato. Thank you.

Ask McDonald’s to Reject ‘Innately Wrong’ GMO Potato!

Take Action:

First Name*
Last Name*
Email*

Phone
Street
City
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Zip/Postal Code*
Comments (Optional):

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We did it before. Can we do it again?

About 15 years ago, consumers pressured McDonald’s Corp. to stop buying New Leaf potatoes, a potato variety genetically engineered (by Monsanto) to produce its own insecticide.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a new GMO potato. The “Innate” brand is made by the J. R. Simplot Company—the largest supplier of potatoes to McDonald’s restaurants.
TAKE ACTION: Please Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to reject Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO Potato!

Simplot wants consumers to believe that its new GMO potato is not only harmless, it provides consumers with several benefits. Among those benefits are the fact that the potato is bruise-resistant (which is really a benefit to commercial buyers and growers, not consumers), and that when heated to a temperature required for frying, the potato produces less asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid that at high temperatures reacts with some sugars to oxidize into acrylamide. Acrylamide is recognized as a potential carcinogen.
In other words, the maker of the Innate GMO potato says it’s not only safe (the same claim Monsanto and Dow make about their GMO corn and soy products), it’s actually better for you than a non-GMO potato.
What Simplot doesn’t tell you is that the technology used to create the Innate potato—RNA interference, or RNAi—is considered by some scientists to be even more dangerous than the DNA manipulation technology used to create Roundup Ready and Bt crops.
According to Dr. Michael Hansen, who spoke with us this week about Simplot’s new GMO potato, RNAi technology poses greater safety and environmental risks than DNA technology. Hansen, a senior scientist with the Consumers Union, says it’s been proven that when RNA is altered, those changes survive the human digestive process and can interfere with gut health.
“RNAi technology is a new science that hasn’t been fully studied yet,” said Hansen. “We need an independent third-party assessment of the risks to human health of this new RNAi technology, and we need appropriate regulation.”
RNAi technology is the same technology used to create the Arctic Apple, genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. to not turn brown when sliced. (The Arctic Apple has not yet been approved).
Hansen isn’t the only scientist sounding alarms about the technology, whether it’s used to genetically engineer apples or potatoes. Professor Jack Heinemann (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Sarah Agapito-Tenfen (from Santa Catarina University in Brazil) and Judy Carman (Flinders University in South Australia), all agree that the technology is untested, and therefore inherently risky.
Even the USDA’s own researchers have called for safety testing of RNAi technology.
According to POLITICO, “the road for GMO potatoes from USDA’s approval to American dinner plates or fast food baskets could be a long one.” That’s because consumers don’t want GMO fries with their burger.
Please Ask McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson to reject Simplot’s “Innately Wrong” GMO Potato!
Created: November 5, 2014
To: Donald Thompson, CEO, McDonalds

Dear Mr. Thompson,

When Monsanto tried to push its GMO potatoes into the market in the late 1990s, McDonald’s listened to consumers, and wisely rejected the biotech industry’s “Frankenpotato.”

As a consumer who cares about my (and my family’s) health, and the environment, I am asking you to reject the industry’s newest GMO potato, the “Innate,” made by the J.R. Simplot Co. I also want you to know that if McDonald’s uses this new GMO potato, I will urge everyone I know to not buy McDonald’s French fries.

Credible, independent scientists have studied the RNAi technology used to create the Innate potato. What they have found has led them to warn that this technology is untested and inherently risky.

Even the USDA’s own scientists have called for independent safety testing of this technology before it is unleashed into our food system and environment.

Unfortunately, the USDA has once again bowed to industry pressure and ignored the warnings of the scientific community in order to rush another genetically engineered food product to market.

McDonald’s heavily markets its restaurants and food products to children, who because their immune systems are not yet fully developed, are most at risk from untested and inadequately tested food products. Scientists have proven that the changes engineered by RNAi technology survive the human digestive process and can interfere with gut health—which is critical to a healthy immune system.

You did it before. Please do the right thing again and reject this new and risky GMO potato. Thank you.
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6266 10 hours ago Leslie Medina Milford, CT
6265 11 hours ago Jeffrey Hedquist Libertyville, IA
6264 13 hours ago Chris Wrinn Milford, CT Farmers are overusing roundup, the potato itself isn’t healthy any longer. Why on earth are you trying to harm us? GMO are now proven to be associated with Celiac Disease. Why harm us? Monsanto is l…
6263 20 hours ago Haley Green Fort Wayne, IN
6262 20 hours ago Tom Nijsen BE – Hasselt, ot

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