Letter: GMO taste myths untrue
Re: ‘A genetically modified Vampire? No thanks’ (Metro, Sept. 12)
Rostam Batmanglij’s complaints about modern food, though perhaps well-intentioned, are unfortunately based on serious misinformation. He complains apples are bigger and more attractive but lack taste. He blames this, ultimately, on GMOs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As far back as 1972, long before genetic engineering was possible, I had bought an apple — huge and beautiful — and about as flavorful as a raw potato. Quite simply, the breeders were going for appearance, where they succeeded, and didn’t worry about taste.
I would venture to say that were the apple a GMO, it would be as flavorful as nature intended. As for Europe? They didn’t allow U.S.-grown GMOs until they developed their own.
Steve Miller, via email