Apple picking robots not just a sci-fi fantasy

The idea of apple picking being assisted by cutting-edge robotic harvesting machines is gaining attention, and Arctic® apples could be a perfect fit with mechanical harvesting. While interest in these types of technologies is far from brand new (especially for sorting recently picked fruit), there’s been a lot of buzz in 2015 about some significant leaps forward in innovative machinery that can improve harvest efficiency. And, this is not simply a matter of amusing toys, mechanical harvesting can help address real issues. For example, labor shortages are a frequent problem in major apple producing regions like Washington State, where 18 billion
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Improving our food supply: Biotech apples and beyond

International Human Press (ITHP), an online news organization that publishes original articles written by industry experts, is currently featuring an article from OSF’s president and founder, Neal Carter. Per their website, ITHP aims to “focus on educational stories involving science, health, innovative technology” so it’s easy to see why they reached out to Neal for his thoughts on agricultural innovation, especially concerning biotech crops and our nonbrowning Arctic® apples. “Improving our food supply: Biotech apples and beyond” takes a glimpse into the history of agriculture and concludes it’s a history of innovation. Yet, because consumers in many industrialized countries are
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