Campaign to block McDonald’s healthier GM french fries threatens next generation consumer friendly GM foods
Published 04 November 2013
The biotech company Simplot is marketing its GM potato as a healthier and more environmentally friendly choice. The potatoes have reduced black spots from bruising–which means more potatoes could be marketable every year, reducing waste–and they are safer to fry because they produce less asparagine, an amino acid that can become carcinogenic when it reacts with sugar.
The emerging debate over the Simplot potato highlights a growing divide over GM technology, writes Marc Gunther, editor at large of the Sustainable Business section at the Guardian. Despite clear health and environmental benefits, several anti-biotech groups, including Food and Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety, are urging McDonald’s to reject the GM potato, alleging serious health risks