Arctic® apples approach 2nd U.S. comment period

Arctic® apples are continuing their steady progress towards deregulation and commercialization, with the second U.S. public comment period expected to open this spring. This past year, we saw public comment periods in both Canada (May-July) and the U.S. (July-Sept.) successfully conclude, receiving over 5,000 comments in total. It was certainly an eventful 2012, but we expect 2013 to be even more “fruitful”, and here’s why: While the first 60-day U.S. public comment shared our 163 page petition requesting deregulation, two new documents will be made publically available for the second comment period. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a branch of the
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Taking the “Yuck” Factor Out of Brown Apples

Best Food Facts, an educational website that connects consumers with food system expert, recently reached out to Dr. Herb Aldwinckle for his opinion on Arctic apples. Dr. Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, has studied apples for four decades and explains that nonbrowning apples are completely safe and will provide a significant consumption trigger. Our president Neal Carter was also interviewed about the history, benefits and deregulation progress of Arctic apples. We encourage you to view the full article, including video and audio components, on Best Food Facts’ website here.
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Biotech crops create food security

Humans live a heck of a lot longer now than they used to due to innovations in  fields such as medicine, infrastructure and, of course, agriculture. Logic dictates that a safe, secure food supply means longer life expectancies. Luckily, as we’ve previously discussed, North Americans have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world, and the U.S. is currently ranked #1 in food security. Other countries aren’t so lucky. It may be hard to believe, but it’s important to remember that nearly a quarter of the world’s countries’ life expectancies average 60 years or less and it’s as low
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Dr. McHughen on overcoming junk science

 If the scientific consensus is that biotech foods are safe and offer numerous benefits, why is the technology still controversial to some? Dr. Alan McHughen does an excellent job at answering this question in an article published on January 23 by C2C Journal. Dr. McHughen is well-credentialed to speak on the subject, as in addition to having a B.Sc (Honours) in Biology/Biochemistry from Dalhousie University, he earned his doctorate from Oxford University and worked at Yale University before joining the University of California. Dr. McHughen’s numerous publications and industry experience allow him to explain biotechnology in accurate, consumer-friendly terms.  His latest
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