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. Lobb points out that Arctic® apples closing in on approval is particularly notable since it’s “biotech for the obvious benefit of consumers and not just for farmers.”
Another must-read is from blogger Sleuth 4 Health, who recently bought a platter of apples for a birthday party. They were treated to prevent browning, but at dire cost to the flavor, which “was either absent entirely or on the bitter side.” She further explains that Arctic® apples would’ve been “an attractive and flavorful addition” to her party – hopefully she won’t have to wait much longer!
We’ve also seen the first handful of comments on Arctic® apples posted on the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website:
- David Sutherland explains that Arctic® apples can help soften public perception of ag-biotech because of their consumer benefits
- Chuck Lasker provides a clear and concise message: “I am excited about this new apple and urge you to deregulate it”
- Muffy Koch highlights the value nonbrowning apples would offer the catering industry, especially in reducing food waste
- Rachel Holierhoek expresses her desire to use them in salads and her kids’ lunches without worrying about browning
Follow along with our progress as we close in on deregulation, and help support Arctic® apples and ag-biotech by submitting a comment of your own!