Of Halloween and Frankenfood

Halloween is right around the corner and with it comes the annual opportunity to scare ourselves silly for the sheer fun of it. Fright houses, ghoulish costumes, horror movie marathons – those fear-inspired shots of adrenaline, and the laughs of relief that follow them, are indeed addictive stuff.  Alas, in recent years one of our favorite icons of Halloween, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, has been co-opted to frighten consumers about biotechnology-enhanced foods. While the mental picture the term draws is effective theater, we encourage you to look further and learn the facts for yourself. Arctic® apples are no Frankenfood. We simply
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Addressing common misconceptions of Arctic® orchards and fruit

During the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) public comment period on Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden apples, a number of re-occurring misconceptions arose which are addressed in this blog. Agricultural biotechnology, which consumers are self-admittedly uniformed about, is a complicated subject. When there’s a new product that utilizes this technology, myths and incorrect information commonly follow. Biotechnology is a polarizing topic for many and unfortunately, this has led to a vocal minority propagating erroneous statements that mislead the general public.  Perhaps the most widely spread myth is that Arctic® apple orchards will cross-pollinate with organic orchards, causing them to
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