The simple science behind Arctic® apples

“Simple” might not be the first word you’d associate with biotechnology. But, it fits when it comes to the precise science behind Arctic® apples! Compared to conventional breeding, which has much less predictable results, Arctic® apples are quite simple indeed. Think about the genetic traits we pass on to our children. Perhaps you’d be thrilled if your kids inherited your blue eyes, but not so much if they get your big ears. Well, it often comes down to luck, and just as you can’t choose which traits your children inherit, it’s the same with fruit breeding. You might get a low-browning apple,
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New organic restrictions mean challenges for apple growers

For apple growers, there are many diseases that can impact the quality of a crop and the health of an orchard. One of the toughest adversaries of all is a contagious, bacterial pathogen that can wipe out entire orchards in a single season: fire blight. Fire blight is particularly destructive as it can damage trees directly, not just the fruit. The symptom list is long and grim, and includes leaves turning black (pictured), “scorched” appearance, cankers and dark, shriveled fruit. Obviously, growers need access to effective tools to combat this menace, and even organic growers have relied on antibiotic sprays
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PBH’s “Fruit & Veggie Connection” highlights safety, benefits of biotech foods

The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is one of the premiere sources for evidence-based information on the value of fruit and veggie consumption. One of their many great resources is a quarterly magazine, “Fruit & Veggie Connection”, which explores issues important to registered dietitians and other health professionals. Their most recent issue does an expert job tackling a complex issue: biotech foods. PBH has kindly agreed to let us share one of our favorite articles from this publication, which examines the safety and benefits of biotech foods, and also addresses common consumer questions.   
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