Britain banging on biotech’s door

Last year marked an unprecedented 100-fold increase in acreage of biotech crops planted since 1996 (420 million acres in 28 countries – 20 of them in the developing world). And yet, despite all the evidence over this time demonstrating the massive benefits and conclusive safety of these crops, many countries are still woefully resistant. However, the dam now appears ready to break in trend setting UK. Britain has long been opposed to growing biotech crops, yet Prime Minister David Cameron recently talked about the positive shift in the UK’s attitude towards the technology. He emphasized the importance of fostering a
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The importance of a “fresh” approach

When consumers are asked what’s most important to them when shopping for produce, one of the most frequent responses you’ll hear is freshness. Our own consumer research showed this, as we asked 1,000 self-identified apple eaters for the most important traits they look for when shopping for apples. Neck-and-neck for the lead was freshness and overall look (which is also a sign of freshness). Not only is freshness quite possibly the most important motivator for consumers when it comes to selecting produce, but the demand for fresher fruits and veggies continues to climb even higher. A great example of retailers
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@ArcticApples TwitterView with @PythaCrank

Last week, Okanagan Specialty Fruits participated in a live, interactive Twitter interview (TwitterView) with blogger @PythaCrank. Many topics were covered, from what it’s like being a small fish in such a big pond, to the safety and science behind Arctic® apples; and it’s all wrapped in a decidedly tongue-in-cheek tone! We always do our best to emphasize transparency and open communication in all we do, and were thrilled to answer @PythaCrank’s hard-hitting questions. Agricultural biotechnology can often be complicated and overly politicized, but we think you’ll find this interview proves it definitely doesn’t have to be dry or boring! We
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CATO Institute hosts forum on agricultural biotechnology

On June 4, the CATO Institute hosted a spirited, educational forum discussing the benefits and drawbacks of agricultural biotechnology. The event featured three of the leading experts on the subject: Jon Entine, Founding Director of the Genetic Literacy Project; Dr. Kevin Folta, Interim Chair of the University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Department; and Karl Haro von Mogel, the Co-Founder of Biology Fortified, Inc. For those unfamiliar with the CATO Institute, it’s a public policy research organization (or, think tank) dedicated to independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. They had originally intended the event to be primarily a
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