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December 6, 2012 9:26 AM
I was just curious if the Cuties mini oranges are genetically engineered, or if they really do grow that way. Are they a specific type of fruit, like a mandarin orange, or am I way off? If you can back up your answer with some proof, that would be helpful. Thank you! flowerforyou
December 6, 2012 9:28 AM
Pretty much everything you eat has been genetically modified to be what it is. 99.9% of the population of North America would never touch our fruits, veggies, grains etc in it's original natural form.
December 6, 2012 9:29 AM
They claim to not be GMO but a natural hybrid...I remember reading an article on it once because anti-GMO people were tearing the company apart. I'll Google around and see if I can find it.

All I know, and care about is that they are tasty.
Edited by oOMusicBabii On December 6, 2012 9:34 AM
December 6, 2012 9:31 AM
They are clementines. Probably a human-engineered hybrid but not genetically engineered in the way you might be thinking i.e. inserting genes from another species in a lab or something.
December 6, 2012 9:33 AM
They are clemntine oranges which is a type of mandarin orange. GMO, I don't know. Probably.
December 6, 2012 9:34 AM
They are clementines with a cute name.

All living matter is genetically modified, including people.
December 6, 2012 10:44 AM
They're not "genetically modified", instead they're produced using selective breeding - you take plants that exhibit the desirable traits (ie: smaller, sweeter, easier to peel fruit) and cross pollinate these selected plants to get more of the traits you desire... they do this with plants and animals everywhere - it's not altering the genetic makeup, it's just controlling which traits enter the gene pool to begin with.
December 6, 2012 10:49 AM
Proof that brand naming is an effective sales technique.
December 6, 2012 10:51 AM
But, but...GMO!!OMG (I just realized that's a palindrome) laugh
December 6, 2012 10:52 AM
i read an article where it said that the guy who modified the hybrid of the clementine/mandarin orange, basically trademarked the name 'Cuties' for marketing purposes:

they are NOT GMO: (half way down, before the 'QUALITY" section)
December 6, 2012 1:55 PM
Thanks guys for helping me out on this! wink
February 7, 2013 8:29 PM
This one goes out to Mokey41 and acogg:

Mokey41: Pretty much everything you eat has been genetically modified to be what it is.

Actually, no. Not 'everything' has been genetically modified.. 80-90 percent of >processed foods< /contain/ genetically modified ingredients, i.e, GM corn or soybean oil, though GMOs are banned widely across the world. What big agri companies such as Dow and Monsanto are doing is putting genetically modified ingredients IN the food, without being labeled. Pretty much any ingredient that says corn syrup/oil or soybean oil is genetically modified.

This goes for your meat too. The animals you consume also consumed genetically modified corn feed before they were slaughtered to be on your plate.

Didn't know this? Because in the United States of America they do not require labels on genetically modified foods. Not only do they not require labels, but the FDA and USDA have /never/ done a long term (or short term) study on the consumption of genetically modified foods by humans. They put them on the market without even knowing the effects of them. The first ever long term lifetime study of GM consumption by rats was done in September of 2012. Up to 60% of rats died prematurely, and developed large tumors. These rats were fed nk603, the monsanto variety of GM corn grown widely across america and fed to humans and animals.

The only way to avoid GMOs is to look for the "GMO Free Project" label that specifically states that it is non GMO. You can also buy local and organic produce, where you know your food is grown and will most likely be able to get in contact with your farmers.

acogg: All living matter is genetically modified, including people.

Absolutely not. I don't have the time to explain to you the science behind the nature of life, but if you seriously think all life is made from splicing one gene from one animal to the gene of another animal, in essence, two completely different types of life to obtain a desired trait, then you seriously do not understand the definition of genetically modified organisms or the concept of conception and creation.

Cuties most likely fall under the selective breeding category. They do not take genes from other life forms like fish or garlic to become smaller.

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