Working with the apple industry towards a shared goal

We’ve been growing apples in the beautiful Okanagan Valley for 18 years and have loved every minute of it. More often than not, we’re up before the sun in order to look after our fruit, and if you read Louisa’s post from last fall you know that we truly embrace the orchardist lifestyle. We didn’t found Okanagan Specialty Fruits because we don’t like apples the way they are, or to make a quick, easy buck (believe me when I say that nothing is quick or easy about bringing Arctic® apples to market!). We did it because we’ve seen declining apple
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The Lowdown on GMOs with Kevin Folta

When looking for information on a subject as deeply complex as agricultural biotechnology, it’s important to get the facts from reputable experts. Fourat Janabi is a writer, entrepreneur, and photographer who has worked around the world, spanning 27 countries and 5 continents. Yet, even a worldly individual like Janabi can be easily misled when it comes to ag-biotech. Much like environmentalist Mark Lynas and a number of others who were previously staunch opponents of biotech food, he has now embraced the evidence and apologetically states “I had no idea what I was talking about.” He explains that he had formerly
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Why I work for Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Not many people are as lucky as I was to grow up in the orchard-filled Okanagan, where I had the opportunity to help get delicious BC apples and cherries off the trees and into the hands of fruit lovers everywhere. Whether picking fruit or working in the packing house (even the icy cold room!), every step of the way is a rewarding experience. One of the orchards I had the pleasure of working in was that of OSF founders Neal & Louisa Carter. Orchardists are salt-of-the-earth people, and the Carters are no exception. They truly love what they do, and
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How we introduce the nonbrowning trait in Arctic® apples

While a doctorate in molecular biology is needed to fully understand how biotechnology can create new foods like our Arctic® apples, even the basics can be tough to grasp without a background in science. Indeed that’s one of the main reasons biotechnology remains controversial, despite the most reputable scientific bodies agreeing on its safety and benefits. Even so, we do our best to simply explain the key concepts of how we make apples “Arctic”: When Arctic® apples are growing in the orchard or are part of your lunch, they are essentially the same as their conventional counterparts until you bruise, bite or
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