Cycling for salads in schools

I have always loved my bicycle. It’s true! Whether my first tricycle or my fancy metallic purple Schwinn complete with a glittered banana seat and purple streamers! Today I have the good fortune to ride a bicycle with a few more gears and gizmos, but the thrill of going up (yes, up) or down hills hasn’t changed for me. When I was a teenager, and most of my friends were in a hurry for their license, I wasn’t. I already went pretty much everywhere on my bicycle. In college, I didn’t have a car, and in grad school, I couldn’t afford
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Moms’ thoughts on fruits & veggies

The Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation promotes fruit and vegetable consumption to better the health of Americans. PBH conducts annual surveys to better understand habits surrounding and attitudes towards fruit and vegetable consumption in America. Their latest research gives insight into what Moms’ think and feel about fruit and vegetable consumption, comparing data collected from 2007-2015. Highlights include the best methods of communicating to Moms, the support Moms feel they need most to improve their family’s fruit and vegetable consumption, and, something we know a bit about, the importance of maximizing convenient produce options. We invite you to check
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Boosting produce consumption on both sides of the border

For the produce industry – including our team at Okanagan Specialty Fruits® – advocating for eating more fruits and veggies isn’t just a 9 to 5 job, it’s a lifestyle. It’s something that we’re passionate about all day, every day. And, we can accomplish amazing things by working together! This week, we’re feeling especially optimistic about the positive impact we can collectively make, thanks to two amazing events. One is the Produce For Better Health (PBH) Foundation’s Annual Meeting: The Consumer Connection, which finished last week in Arizona. And now we’re enjoying the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s (CPMA) Annual Convention
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Welcoming the newest members of our science team

We are excited to introduce you to our newest members of the science team! Aruna Wickramarathna joined us as an Assistant Scientist in November, and Jordan Hannah became our lab technician earlier this month. Aruna is our man with the plan when it comes to applying advanced technology to improve tree fruits. Aruna grew up in Sri Lanka before moving to Canada in the middle of winter for post graduate studies; he describes the 28⁰C change in temperature as a shock, to say the least! He has worked in molecular biology for 13 years and loves that science gives him
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Dr Christine Rosenbloom shares her thoughts on GM foods

These days, there are lots of different opinions about food, and all these ideas can make for a confusing trip to the grocery store! Dr Christine Rosenbloom often sees this first hand, so she wrote a blog about what she as a Dietician wishes her friends knew about GM foods. Dr Christine Rosenbloom is a nutrition professor emerita at Georgia State University. She has a PhD, is a Registered Dietician and a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics. You can contact and learn more about Chris on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.   Her latest post explores important points such as:
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What do consumers think about biotech & the Arctic® apple?

For the first time, OSF’s distinctly nonbrowning Arctic® apples will be test marketed in select locations in fall 2016. This educational webinar by Jennifer Armen, hosted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, is based on recent qualitative and quantitative consumer research. Jennifer shares current perceptions of biotech and Arctic® apples, what it takes to gain consumer acceptance, and why benefits are an important part of the discussion when it comes to helpful applications of biotechnology. Jennifer also answers questions, and explains how Arctic® apples are able to better maintain their natural color when sliced, bruised or bitten! Click here
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Jessica Brady joins our growing team!

Hi, I’m Jessica Brady, I recently became a part of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ marketing and communications team. I hope you will join me in sharing the Arctic® apple story. And if you have any neat apple recipes, I’d love to hear about them. You can reach me by email, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our recipe ideas on Instagram and Pinterest too. So why am I excited about Arctic® apples? It started with my love of baking! You see, as I’m writing this, I’m looking out my window at 2 feet of deep snow. And one of my favorite
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Arctic® Fuji petition requesting deregulation submitted

Arctic® Fuji is poised to follow in the footsteps of OSF’s first distinctly nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, which were approved for commercial sale in February 2015. On December 31st, OSF formally submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the deregulation of the next nonbrowning variety – Arctic® Fuji. Developed using the same innovative techniques as other Arctic® apple varieties, Arctic® Fuji apples have been grown and tested in field trial orchards for over a decade. The petition being reviewed by the USDA contains substantial data collected over many years that demonstrates the
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OK Specialty Fruits website new & improved

Following the re-launch of arcticapples.com in late October, we are now pleased to share the new and improved okspecialtyfruits.com site! With Arctic® apples inching closer to consumer availability, our goal has been to focus arcticapples.com on fun and exciting resources for apple-lovers, like recipes, health and nutrition topics, and info on what gives our apples the Arctic Advantage™. We certainly don’t want to leave behind more in-depth discussion of topics we’re passionate about, such as the technology behind Arctic® apples and other innovative foods, or the apple industry and the produce supply chain. So, we hope you’ll explore our revamped
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A Precautionary Tale of Citrus Decline

The World Apple Report is an eagerly anticipated monthly publication for apple growers like us, and the Nov. 2015 issue had a story we are particularly interested in sharing. Typically accessible by a paid subscription only, we were graciously given permission to share the article in its entirety below (with a few minor edits). We believe it’s a great case study for the risks of being overly conservative when it comes to embracing the benefits that biotechnology can offer: Precautionary Tale of Citrus Decline Oranges have been among the world’s great fruits for many decades. However, their position is now
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