With final comment period over, what's next?

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the USDA’s final comment period on Arctic® apples came last month, so what’s next? In a word, deregulation! Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, it will still take the USDA at least a couple months to finalize their EA (Environmental Assessment) and prepare a FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for Arctic apples.  As the USDA prepares their final paper work, they will be reviewing around 5,000 submissions received between Nov. 8th and Jan. 30th regarding their EA and PPRA (Plant Pest Risk Assessment) of Arctic apples. Though predictable, many submitted remarks fell under a
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Apple posts prop up Arctics

Over the past week, we’ve been lucky enough to have our nonbrowning Arctic® apples covered by two excellent bloggers with perfectly suited expertise – farming & science. The Farmer’s Daughter knows her stuff when it comes to agriculture – as you can gather from her pseudonym, it runs in the family! After previously providing a strong overview of Arctic® apples, she’s now concluded her two-part series on Arctic® apples by sharing her interview with OSF president Neal Carter. She asked Neal a number of insightful questions on topics such as what motivated him to develop nonbrowning apples, how rigorous the
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Top five Arctic® apple myths

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Arctic® apples, but as you probably already know, they’re actually just the same as their conventional counterparts until you bite, slice or bruise the fruit. Still, we want to ensure anyone wanting to know why they’re just as safe and healthful can readily find out. So, we’ve compiled the five most common myths about Arctic® apples, and why they don’t stand up to scrutiny: 1) Arctic® apples present a cross-pollination risk: We’re growers ourselves and have no intention of harming our neighbors. That’s why we’ve collected a massive amount of data proving cross-pollination
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