The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved three types of genetically modified potatoes. These types of potatoes can resist the pathogen that brought about the Irish potato famine, but they are a danger to our health.
The officials claim that these three types of potatoes are very safe for the usage even though there isn’t any proof for that.
The permission to plant these potatoes Idaho-based J.R Simplot Co. got from the U.S FDA and Environmental Protection Agency.
Are These Types of Potatoes Harmful?
The company states that these types of potatoes only contain potato genes. They are resistant to blight (the disease that brought about the potato famine in Ireland).
But, this process of genetic code change of food can cause ethical issues and health problems. Those tree types of potatoes are Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank, and Atlantic, and they have the same texture, taste and nutritional properties like conventional potatoes, states Doug Cole, the Simplot spokesman.
These potatoes have less black spots, bruising and lower the amount of chemicals.
Non-GMO project and other anti-GMO organizations strongly oppose GMO and they stated that these types of potatoes can’t be qualified as non-GMO food.