We’re big fans of GMOAnswers.com, a website that solicits expert responses to consumers’ ag-biotech questions and provides consumer-friendly educational materials! The GMO Answers initiative illustrates that the ag-biotech industry recognizes open communication between consumers and reputable sources is important, and is especially valuable when scientists and farmers are involved (who knows more about the science and benefits of ag-biotech than them?).
Recently, GMO Answers received a question about the likelihood of Arctic® apples to cross-pollinate with neighboring apple orchards, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to contribute our response.
OSF president Neal Carter provided a detailed explanation of why cross-pollination is not an issue with Arctic® apples, largely drawing on these key points:
- Even if Arctic® apples were to cross-pollinate, the resulting fruit would not be affected
- Just as different varieties planted nearby don’t “become” each other (e.g., Galas growing next to Fujis don’t turn into Fujis) Arctic® apple pollen will not make other fruit “GMO”
- Commercial apple orchards are propagated via grafting, rather than seeds
- Cross-pollination is a relatively low occurrence in commercial apple orchards, as:
- Apples are pollinated by bees, not wind
- Bees prefer to stay close to their hives when abundant food is available, like in an in-bloom orchard
- Apples are not “weedy” and don’t escape orchards to grow wild
We invite you to view the full post on GMO Answers, and encourage you to check out the entire site, which is a great reference for information on GMO basics, to studies and articles on GMOs and the rigorous regulatory review processes GMOs must satisfy to gain approval across the globe. We hope you’ll take advantage of what GMO Answers has to offer and get your questions answered by experts in the field!