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OSF interviews Keira Havens, co-founder of Revolution Bioengineering

We feel that nonbrowning Arctic® apples are a great way to bring the benefits of biotech directly to consumers, and recently, we became aware of another company with a similar mission - Revolution Bioengineering. This two-person company is currently engaged in a crowd-funding campaign for an intriguing project – color-changing flowers that consumers can own for themselves! We interviewed co-founder Keira Havens to learn more about their company and project.

Arctic® apples featured in biotech breakfast at California Dietetics meeting

Arctic® apples enjoyed the company of some other value-added biotech crops last weekend, as they were part of a breakfast spread also featuring virus-resistant Hawaiian papaya and high oleic soybean oil. We highlight this biotech-themed breakfast, which was available on April 11th to 300+ attendees of California Dietetic Association’s Annual Meeting. 

Arctic® apple fruit leathers one of many exciting nonbrowning product applications

The benefits of nonbrowning Arctic® apples extend far beyond just apples themselves. Nonbrowning apples can breathe new life into numerous processed apple applications, and fruit leathers are one great example. We explain how the ability to use nonbrowning apple purée means Arctic® fruit leather will retain its original color, and the vibrant colors of other ingredients like raspberries will also shine through.

Revisiting “The War On Science” and shifting the conversation about GMOs

While March was an exciting month for OSF thanks to Arctic® apples receiving approvals in the U.S. and Canada, our one regret is that so much of the resulting conversation revolved around the supposed controversial nature of biotechnology. We examine why misinformation and public mistrust of GMOs persists despite the strong endorsement of the scientific community and what can be done to change the conversation. 

Food Product Design Guest Post: Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples & their applications

In a guest post for Food Product Design, a website that focuses on the latest and greatest food innovations, OSF president Neal Carter discusses some of the chief benefits of nonbrowning Arctic® apples and their potential applications. We invite you to read the full post, titled “Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples & Their Applications”, on Food Product Design's "Trending Foods" blog.

CFIA & Health Canada grant commercial approval to Arctic® apples

Following U.S. approval last month, Arctic® apples have now been officially deregulated in Canada! This means that the first two Arctic® apple varieties can be freely planted throughout the country, and we’ll be working very hard over the next few years to ensure we have trees available for interested growers (who can contact us directly if interested).

FDA review of first two Arctic® apple varieties concludes

Today FDA announced the completion of their consultative review of Okanagan Specialty Fruits' Arctic® apples, and you can review their letter to OSF here.

OSF’s Neal and Louisa Carter among BIO Superhero finalists

Neal and Louisa Carter, the founders of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, are among the five finalists for an “Everyday Biotech Superhero” contest currently being run by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). We hope you will join us in voting for them in the Pharma/Biotech category once a day from now until voting closes on March 25th.

An exploration of the role of PPO in plant defense

Over twelve years of real-world data from field trials clearly demonstrates Arctic® apples require no additional inputs than their conventional counterparts. This means that Arctic® apples will not lead to increased pesticide usage, yet we have seen this concern being raised due to the nuances of the role of polyphenol oxidase (PPO) in plants. We overview the role of PPO in plant defense, and explain why PPO’s role in apples is not applicable in commercial orchard settings.

OSF a Summerland Business & Community Award recipient

On February 28th, Okanagan Specialty Fruits was announced as a co-winner of the Summerland Business & Community Excellence Award for “Technology & Innovation”. We highlight this perfect conclusion to the most exciting month in OSF’s history, which also included U.S. approval of Arctic® apples and an announcement that OSF is being acquired by Intrexon, a leader in synthetic biology.

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