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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An Arctic®Hat Trick: golden, granny, and FUJI

Just recently we received approval from Canadian government regulatory authorities for another apple variety: the Arctic® Fuji. This means we now have three apples in the Arctic® family – which in hockey terms would be a hat trick. (we had to say it) With our fall 2017 inaugural launch of Arctic® Golden packaged slices in a handful of US locations we saw good response to our fresh packaged fruit. And since our Arctic® Fuji already has USDA approval, we thought it time to review how and when which Arctic® apple varieties will get from our house to yours. Because this
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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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Health & convenience: A Millennial merger

Consumers are increasingly on the lookout for healthy foods, especially healthy foods that also happen to be convenient. So, why are arguably the most convenient locations to grab food – convenience stores themselves – typically associated with junk food? Well, convenience store owners have been asking the same question and have concluded there’s no reason that trend should continue, which is great news for everyone! Food Navigator recently reported on the results of new market research from Technomic in an article titled, “Convenience stores emerge as health food destination”. These results are quite eye-opening, and Technomic explains that “a lot
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Millennials desire healthy, convenient food…and Arctic® apples deliver!

The Millennial generation, aka Generation Y, is made up of those born between 1980-2000 (give or take a few years depending on who you ask), and as the biggest generation of consumers, their preferences will be driving food trends for a long time. They’re larger than the Baby Boom generation and account for $1.3 trillion in annual consumer spending in the US, an amount expected to rise even further. As a result, there’s been a great deal of research examining Millennials’ values and motivations when it comes to food. There are a couple of identified trends that stand out to
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Earth Day & the future of produce waste

Another Earth Day is upon us, which brings into sharper focus the global agricultural challenges we face and the potential solutions to address them. In recent years, one of the hottest topics has been how we can curb the sky-high amount of global food waste. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that roughly one third of food produced globally is wasted each year (1.3 billion tonnes), with consumers in rich countries wasting nearly as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa! It’s a massive problem with no single solution, but the most wasted foods in affluent
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