Ready-to-eat popcorn revitalizes industry, Arctic® apples can do the same

Since the mid-1990s, popcorn sales have been quite stale, yet in the past couple of years the industry has been resurgent thanks to booming interest in ready-to-eat popcorn. We highlight a new report demonstrating the simple convenience of bagged, pre-popped popcorn has led to 60% growth in the category since 2012, and why this is a success story that nonbrowning Arctic® apples can emulate.

Highlighting our most popular posts of 2014

This past year saw our Arctic® apple blog surpass its previous record for average daily traffic, and we highlight the most popular posts from each month of 2014.

OSF Op-Ed highlights educational efforts, rise of biotech crops with consumer benefits

To date, the vast majority of biotech crops have had agronomic benefits, rather than sensory or nutritional enhancements. As a result, farmers have been the primary beneficiaries and the focus for educational efforts.

Brewers take advantage of biotechnology to develop distinctly flavored beer

A little-known fact is that the origins of biotechnology are closely tied to attempts at brewing improved flavors of beer. And, the relationship between biotech and beer is far from a relic of the past; we highlight a small company embracing the mission of creating better beer with the help of biotechnology.

Twelve apple pairings to enjoy over the holidays and beyond

In addition to being a perfect fruit to enjoy in its own right, there’s a diverse wealth of foods that make for exceptional pairings with apples. In the holiday spirit, we list twelve of our favorite foods to eat apples in, on, or with!

Agricultural scientist addresses misleading claims about RNAi

RNA-interference, or RNAi, is a natural mechanism that plays an important role in how genes are expressed. It’s also the process by which Arctic® apples nonbrowning trait is expressed. And, despite the occasional misinformation online that says otherwise, agricultural scientist Dr. Steve Savage explains that RNAi use in biotech crops is certainly no cause for concern.

New apple varieties gaining popularity

In any industry, producers must be sure that innovation helps them keep up with shifting consumer demands. And, when consumers were less than satisfied with existing apple varieties, the apple industry responded with the introduction of modern varieties. We explain the significance of this, and why Arctic® apples are perfectly suited to further this trend of utilizing innovation to satisfy consumer preferences – especially in making high-quality freshcut apples available in more locations.

Anti-GMO groups bullying attempts coming up short

Recently, many anti-GMO groups have devoted significant attention towards campaigns that involve coordinated social media attacks in attempts to force companies to cave to their demands (typically avoiding/switching from biotech ingredients). However, we explain that companies and individuals are standing up to these bullying tactics, and are helping support rational, evidence-based decisions rather than emotional, fear-based ones.

Impressive development of U.S. apple industry something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s a time for reflection and thanks for our plentiful harvest. At the first Thanksgiving in 1621, though, the apple varieties available to pilgrims were anything but plentiful! We explain how in the centuries since then, the U.S. has gone from growing only unappealing native crab apples to 2,500+ varieties – and that’s certainly something apple lovers are thankful for!

Examining the 1st commercially successful GE fruit: Rainbow papayas

While nonbrowning Arctic® apples are a unique product, even as biotech crops go, Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya was the very first biotech fruit to achieve commercial success. We highlight Dr. Ania Wieczorek’s excellent bulletin featuring Rainbow papayas this week, as well as some additional coverage of note, in our blog’s latest.

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