In an attempt to pressure McDonald’s to not use a potato genetically modified to absorb less oil during frying, the anti-biotech group Food & Water Watch has circulated a petition and obtained 100,000 signatures. FWW also submitted about 40,000 comments to the US Department of Agriculture, urging it not to approve the GM potato.
According to the American Council on Science and Health, FWW fears that “the USDA may release their environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact” of the GM potato, “which would discredit their argument…and likely lead to its approval for marketing.” The FWW petition and comments come on the heels of a statement released by McDonald’s noting that it would not use the genetically modified Arctic Apples because the apples have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. McDonald’s officials have not said what they might do if the GM apple is approved.
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