“The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science”

This month, a long-awaited compilation on biotech foods has been published – “The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science”! If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s with good reason as this e-book was compiled by former biotech-opponent Fourat Janabi, now author/photographer/blogger, who interviewed OSF president Neal Carter earlier this year about OSF and Arctic® apples. This Q&A was part of a series which included a scientist (Dr. Kevin Folta), family farmer (Brian Scott), and ag-biotech company (us!); all of which we shared in our blog back in April. The Q&A series is included in the full publication, but it’s
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Apple industry leaders can’t wait for Arctic® apples

After a decade of real-world experience in field trials, Arctic® apples are quickly approaching deregulation in the U.S. and Canada. And, while we’ve previously covered some of our consumer research showing that the majority of apple eaters can’t wait to enjoy nonbrowning apples, we also asked a number of industry leaders for their thoughts. As you can see for yourself below, they can’t wait either! From November 2006 to February 2007, we had a third party communications company conduct 40 in-depth interviews with leading members in the North American apple industry. Those interviewed included growers, packers, processors and more. All
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Positive response to Arctic® apples’ big news!

As our readers know, last Friday marked a major milestone when the second U.S. comment period on Arctic® apples began. This means a final decision on deregulation is expected in just a few months! There was plenty of industry press, and today we want to also highlight a few blog posts and comments from our fans that can’t wait to get their hands on their favorite nonbrowning varieties! Writer Richard Lobb, who boasts a wealth of experience covering agricultural issues, tweeted his excitement that Arctic® apples are a step closer to market, and discussed the news in his blog. Mr.
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USDA APHIS open 2nd comment period for Arctic® apples

The U.S. government has opened the second, and final, comment period on nonbrowning Arctic® apples, meaning we’re closer than ever to achieving commercialization! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Services (USDA APHIS) has posted their Environmental Assessment (EA) and Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) for our Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden varieties, and are requesting public input. This is the second U.S. comment period and comments will be accepted for 30 days, until December 9, 2013. The first comment period opened July 13, 2012 when APHIS posted for public review our 163 page petition requesting deregulation. We
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Press Release: USDA APHIS – Second Arctic® apple comment opportunity

Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted their Environmental Assessment (EA) and Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) for Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, two nonbrowning varieties that have been produced through biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF). The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is now seeking public comments on these two documents, which can be viewed in full on APHIS’ website. During this 30-day public comment period, citizens are encouraged to submit to USDA APHIS their input on this regulatory assessment of these two Arctic® apple varieties. This is the
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Competing for stomach space

Karl Haro von Mogel, the chair of Biofortified, recently shared a video of his interview with OSF president Neal Carter from BIO 2013 as well as some interesting thoughts on our nonbrowning Arctic® apples. One of the topics they discussed is the competition for stomach space apples have with junk food like candy bars or chips. Especially notable in the wake of Halloween, we see it’s often easier for consumers to grab bite-sized, packaged snacks rather than grabbing a whole apple. However, that could quickly change with the convenience and freshcut suitability of Arctic apples. You can watch the full
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