Cross pollination concerns? Don’t bee-lieve it!

A concern some people have about crops produced through biotechnology is the potential for cross-pollination of these crops with conventional or organic crops. In our case, bees pollinate Apple blossoms; so some wonder what’s to stop the bees from carrying pollen from Arctic® apples to other orchards? A very good question, but luckily, we have a very good answer! Apple blossoms must be pollinated through the transfer of pollen by bees. Bees carry an apple flower’s male reproductive cells to the “stigma”, the female reproductive part of a flower. Since orchards often have thousands of trees, LOTS of bees are needed!
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Japan approves papaya produced through biotechnology

A few short months ago, a huge victory was won for biotechnology produced food worldwide. The Rainbow papaya, a variety enhanced through biotechnology to resist the ringspot virus, was approved for shipment to Japan. A chief factor that makes Japan’s approval of these papayas such big news is that this announcement marks the “first horticultural product, and the first direct-to-consumer food product to gain regulatory approval in Japan” (per this report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service). Considering that the approval process began in 1999, this acceptance is a triumph that’s long overdue! This was not just a victory for biotech advocates,
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The World Apple Report: Arctic® Apples Tell Story

Following up from a previous article we shared on our blog, we are pleased to post another article recently published in “The World Apple Report” by Dr. Desmond O’Rourke, the founder and CEO of Belrose, Inc. In it, our company’s recent consumer research showing consumer interest in a nonbrowning apple is highlighted. Dr. O’Rourke’s company specialize in world apple market analysis, and if you would like to learn more about him, Belrose Inc. and “The World Apple Report” please visit their website. To view a PDF copy of first two pages of the May 2012 edition of the “The World
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Canada seeks public input on Arctic® Apples

CFIA seeks public comment on Arctic® apples OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® apples are taking another important step toward getting more people eating more apples. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted our submission for unconfined environmental release of nonbrowning Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples for public comment. More than 15 years in the making, this is a major milestones for Okanagan Specialty Fruits, for apple consumers and for the apple industry. So what’s next? To learn more about the Canadian process for evaluating plants and plant foods developed through biotechnology, we have generally described that process here. Decide for yourself.
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A little education goes a long way with Arctic® Apples

Earlier this month, we shared some results from a consumer research survey we did in October 2011. There, we outlined the positive response we received when we asked whether or not nonbrowning apples were a good idea, and now we’d like to share the likelihood of these consumers to buy nonbrowning Arctic® apples. First, we asked the pool of 1,000 survey respondents (all self identified apple eaters like yourself!) how likely they would be to buy Arctic® apples, the nonbrowning apple developed through biotechnology. We were pleased to learn that the number of consumers interested in buying Arctic® apples was much larger than
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