In both the U.S. and Canada, the regulatory process required to bring a biotech crop to market is extremely rigorous and challenging. As industry members involved in the process for the past several years, we’re amazed at how opponents to ag-biotech claim biotech enhanced crops aren’t thoroughly evaluated. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Our timeline below demonstrates how long it’s taken just to get to the point where we could even apply for deregulation (never mind gain approval!):
Assuming Arctic® apples complete both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory processes by early 2014; this means it will have taken 18 years to bring our very first products to market! This includes over a decade of real-world field trial experience, meticulous data collection, analysis, numerous internal and third-party experiments and the production of a 163-page petition – plus various appendices and responses to regulatory questions. This is all for an apple that’s the same in every way (including no new proteins) to its conventional counterparts; except it doesn’t brown, of course!
We want consumers to know how intensive the process truly is. We’re working hard to create greater public awareness of what the review process truly entails, so claims that ag-biotech products are unduly “fast-tracked” or “rubber-stamped” can be put to rest.
Keep in mind that for a grower-led company with only seven employees, bringing Arctic® apples to market is a monumental task. We are dedicated to our goal because we believe Arctic® apples offer the industry and consumers meaningful benefits. We are so excited that nearly two decades of hard work is about to pay off, and not just for us, but for everyone throughout the supply chain!