Addressing consumers’ most common ag-biotech questions (Part 1)

Recently, GMOAnswers determined consumers’ top-10 questions about biotech crops, as well as expert answers to these same questions. We provide summaries of these answers, starting with numbers #6-10 this week, and #1-5 next week.

Organoleptic vs. health benefits? Ag-biotech delivers both!

The next wave of biotech foods is on the way, ones with consumer-oriented benefits in particular, but will shoppers bite? The latest research from the International Food Information Council suggests they certainly will, and we highlight the evidence suggesting consumers will happily benefit from sensory and health benefits of these foods without being turned off by the biotech aspect (and for good reason). 

Canada & U.S. success built on combination of natural gifts & innovation – just like ag-biotech

Canada and the U.S. both boast top ten rankings in GDP-per-capita and food security, thanks in large part to a history of embracing agricultural innovation to complement their lands’ enviable crop-producing conditions. This combination also happens to perfectly describe biotech crops; and as we explain, there’s good reason to predict significant growth and success for ag-biotech, just as Canada and the U.S. have experienced since they were founded. 

Arctic® apples' nonbrowning trait the result of precise science

Arctic® apples are unique as they will be the first biotech apple to hit the market, but why didn’t we just use conventional breeding? While conventional breeding certainly has its merits, we explain that to select for one isolated trait, it makes much more sense to take advantage of the incredible precision that biotechnology provides.

New NOSB regulations prohibit key treatments

Recently, the National Organic Standards Board decided to phase out the use of streptomycin and tetracycline, two antibiotic sprays that are among the most popular and effective tools to prevent fire blight, a devastating disease that attacks apple orchards. Fire blight is a challenging adversary, but we explain how a biotech solution could present the ideal resolution for all growers.

Dads shopping more than ever before, looking for convenient options

More and more dads are doing at least half of the shopping for their families. This has brought greater attention to the differences in shopping habits between men and women, and it turns out, men have a particularly high desire for convenient, ready-to-eat foods. As we explain, that makes Arctic® apples a perfect option for dad’s looking for healthy, versatile food.

Registered dietitian publication explores the value of ag-biotech

Fruit & Veggie Connection, a quarterly magazine published by Produce for Better Foundation for retail dietitians, focused on “Vegetables, Fruit and Biotechnology” in the Spring 2014 issue. They examine biotech foods, the potential benefits they offer, and answer common consumer questions. Read through the pertinent sections right here, and be sure you don’t miss the advertorial on Arctic® apples on the 2nd last page!


Applied Mythology: “Are Organic Apples At Risk of Being Redefined As Contaminated?”

One of the most common concerns we receive about our nonbrowning Arctic® apples is that they will “contaminate” organic apples. In reality, due to the nature of apple biology and the organic certification process, there is no actual risk. A recent article from Dr. Steve Savage, a plant pathologist with 35 years of experience with agricultural technology, does an excellent job exploring these issues. We encourage you to read his full article here.

Joel Carter officially joins the Okanagan Specialty Fruits team

It’s certainly not rare for farmers to keep their businesses in the family, so it’s fitting that our grower-led company’s newest employee is a familiar face – founders Neal & Louisa Carter’s son Joel Carter! Joel grew up surrounded by apples, and immersed in the orchardist lifestyle, and introduces himself and his background in our latest blog post.

U.S. Dept. of State’s Jack Bobo examines the future of agriculture (Part 2)

Recently we shared the first half of Jack Bobo’s guest post, “Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It?” While Part 1 focused on the daunting task of feeding our growing population, we have now posted Part 2, in which Mr. Bobo discusses how we can rise to meet this challenge with agricultural advancements.

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