Dr. Savage: RNAi mechanism is common, natural

The mechanism by which we introduce the nonbrowning trait into Arctic® apples is called RNA-interference (RNAi), and as Dr. Steve Savage explains, it’s a common, natural means of gene regulation. Unfortunately, some anti-GMO’ers have a habit of using misleading statements to make any biotech-enhanced product sound scary. A longtime director with the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that has a prolonged history of opposing ag-biotech, Dr. Margaret Mellon recently published an Op-Ed that suggests the use of RNAi raises potential safety concerns. For an overview of Dr. Mellon’s critiques of ag-biotech, we recommend checking out the recording of a
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Dr. Savage: Arctic® apples pose no cross contamination risk

Dr. Steve Savage knows a thing or two about plant technology. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and his PhD in Plant Pathology from UC Davis and in the 35 years since, has been deeply involved in agriculture with an emphasis on crop innovation. Dr. Savage is also a skilled communicator, with an active Twitter account (@grapedoc), over 250 blog posts since 2009 and a new website, www.drstevesavage.com, devoted to communicating about agriculture. So, there are few individuals more appropriate to tackle one of the most common myths we hear: that Arctic® apples will “contaminate” organic apple
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