CONTEST: Name The Arctic® Apples Orchard

We have a new orchard and we want YOU to help us name it. Our new Washington state Arctic® apple orchard is in the heart of Pacific Northwest apple growing country and this land will now be home to our next group of wee baby Arctic® apple trees from the nursery. We expect all 480 acres to be planted this coming spring. The Contest Submit your suggestion to name the Arctic® apples orchard via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #arcticapples. Our team will sift through each of your suggestions and select a favorite to become our new orchard name. The
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5 Ways Biotech Can Help Our Food Future

Our climate is changing, our world is more populated every year, and there’s growing talk of global food insecurity. With science technology, it seems anything and everything is possible. Even for our food future? Maybe biotech foods can help. Changing Climate = pests, disease, weather A changing climate brings new challenges to farmers. Where biotech works is through breeding a better potato that’s resistant to blight in Ireland, corn that can better withstand water shortages, or growing drought resistant soybeans that get genetic help from drought-friendly sunflowers. Deep Dive: a multi-scientist authored paper on Genetically Modified Food: Its uses, Future
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Just Keep Spinning: an apple grower’s mantra

I’m training for a bike ride. As a cyclist in Tour de Fresh my goal is to raise money for salad bars in schools. We’ll pedal 230 miles through California and climb nearly 10,000 feet. It’s a little intimidating because my training ground is flat Manitoba and the Canadian Prairies aren’t conducive to preparing me for those hills. During my recent visit to the Okanagan Specialty Fruits office, our founder Neal Carter asked me how it was going. I responded along the lines of “Okay, but there’s this big hill on day three of the ride…”, thinking of my Manitoba flats. Neal said
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Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives Canadian Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC). The CFIA and HC announced today that the Arctic® Fuji variety “did not pose a greater risk to human health than apples currently available on the Canadian market. In addition, Health Canada also concluded that the Arctic® Fuji apple would have no impact on allergies, and that there are no differences in the nutritional value of the Arctic® Fuji apple compared to other traditional apple varieties available for consumption”. Arctic® Fuji trees will join
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On the road with Arctic® apples

Lately I have been living the jet-set lifestyle, hopping on planes to visit beautiful, exciting locales and meet with wonderful people! While I didn’t literally win the lottery, I kind of did in a work sense: I recently switched roles into the position of Stakeholder Outreach and Education. This role means I get to spend time talking to people at conferences and events, making face-to-face connections, i.e. hopping on planes to visit beautiful, exciting locales and meet with wonderful people! I recently had the opportunity to take part in two conferences: the Washington State Association of Nutrition and Dietetics Education
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GMO Communication (Part 2): A ripe educational opportunity

Last week I shared some of the personal experiences that have shaped my understanding of GMO perceptions. This week, I will be talking about the importance of biotech champions, and some of the most important lessons we’ve learned for effectively sharing information on GMOs in a way that resonates with a wide, diverse audience. Bridging the communications gap In January 2015 Pew Research found that 88% of scientists from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) say GE foods are generally safe, but 57% of U.S. adults aren’t so sure. Months earlier, the International Food Information Council (IFIC)
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GMO communication (Part 1): The juice is worth the squeeze

Over fifteen years before the first nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety was even approved in the U.S. and Canada, my family and I received a rude awakening regarding how big a challenge we had gotten ourselves into. Activists angry about the development of GMO apples had hacked over 650 of our young apple trees down. These particular trees weren’t even genetically engineered, but the activists either didn’t realize or simply didn’t care! Being involved in agriculture for over three decades, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected from the weather, pests and even people. And, while I’m happy to say the attack
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Arctic® apples proud to empower healthy eating in schools

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – For Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the company behind nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties, promoting healthy eating isn’t just a goal, it’s a passion. When Jennifer Armen, Director of Business Development & Marketing for OSF, was given the opportunity to help put salad bars in schools, she jumped at the chance. In July, Jenn took part in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Having both personal and professional ties to Idaho, Jenn chose to fundraise for a salad bar to be donated to
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