Watch: Arctic® apple stays white!

With Arctic® apples still undergoing deregulation, it can sometimes be a challenge to demonstrate the impact of the nonbrowning trait. But seeing is believing, so take a look at our 24-hour time-lapsed video comparing a sliced Arctic® Golden to a conventional Golden Delicious. We think you’ll agree that the difference is clear! Even after just a short amount of time, the conventional fruit’s flesh becomes brown and unappealing. It’s probably not an apple that you, or your picky kids, would consider eating. The Arctic® Golden, on the other hand, maintains its original color throughout the entire 24 hours without the
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Mandatory labeling is misleading

Even with California’s Proposition 37 failing last November (for good reason), mandatory labeling of biotech foods remains a hot topic. New labeling initiatives are underway in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and several other states. While some of the language in these initiatives differs from that of Prop-37, the true motivation behind them is the same: unnecessarily scaring consumers away from biotech foods. While we support transparency with consumers, which is what the “Right to Know” camp boasts is their noble purpose, simply slapping a “GMO” label onto food does not provide any meaningful information. What’s even worse, for a campaign centered on the idea of public education, they
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Biotech activists now SUPPORT biotech

Environmentalist Mark Lynas, a longtime outspoken opponent of agricultural biotechnology, created quite the stir when he publicly apologized for his role in the anti-biotech movement, saying he “could not have chosen a more counter-productive path.” This is a shocking statement given how passionately Lynas previously opposed biotechnology. Why such a momentous shift in opinion? Lynas explains in an address to the Oxford Farming Conference that it was because “I discovered science, and in the process I hope I’m becoming a better environmentalist.” He discusses how, because his initial impression was that genetic engineering is simply unnatural, he opposed the technology
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The time is ripe for Arctic® apples

With 2012 coming to a close, many publications have been looking back at the year that was (as we did in last week’s post) and examining the major food trends of the past year. Something that struck us when reading about these trends is that they help demonstrate why it’s the perfect time for an innovative product like Arctic® apples! First was an article by “The Supermarket Guru” in which he identifies the #1 trend of 2012 to be reducing food waste, one of the chief benefits nonbrowning apples offer. Furthermore, #2 was the increase of snacking and mini-meals (what
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Looking back – an eventful 2012 for OSF

As a result of a busy 2012, Okanagan Specialty Fruits has never been closer to bringing nonbrowning Arctic® apples to market! The regulatory processes for biotech foods in both the United States and Canada are extremely rigorous and it typically takes several years (at least!) to gain approvals. This past year OSF hit major milestones in the deregulation process in both countries. 2012 was especially rewarding after all the hard work our team has delivered since the company’s founding in 1996. In Canada, things really started to kick off on May 2nd when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted
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