Press Release: Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples To Be Granted Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its decision to deregulate the first two nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, in the United States. It is expected that APHIS’ final environmental assessment (EA) and plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) will be published in the Federal Register soon. According to the USDA’s announcement, these reviews have found that Arctic® apples “are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk” and deregulation “is not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment.” These Arctic apple cultivars were developed
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Neal Carter: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

There’s no question that farmers are well aware of the benefits biotech crops can offer, as ag-biotech is the fastest adopted crop technology in history with 18 million farmers currently growing biotech crops worldwide. Consumers, on the other hand, have not yet seen many direct benefits for themselves, nor have they been the focus of educational efforts until recently. OSF president Neal Carter explains, in an opinion piece published by Fresh Fruit Portal, that the rise of educational efforts, and the “next wave” of biotech crops with direct benefits for consumers will help foster a positive shift in consumer perceptions
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Improving our food supply: Biotech apples and beyond

International Human Press (ITHP), an online news organization that publishes original articles written by industry experts, is currently featuring an article from OSF’s president and founder, Neal Carter. Per their website, ITHP aims to “focus on educational stories involving science, health, innovative technology” so it’s easy to see why they reached out to Neal for his thoughts on agricultural innovation, especially concerning biotech crops and our nonbrowning Arctic® apples. “Improving our food supply: Biotech apples and beyond” takes a glimpse into the history of agriculture and concludes it’s a history of innovation. Yet, because consumers in many industrialized countries are
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“The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science”

This month, a long-awaited compilation on biotech foods has been published – “The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science”! If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s with good reason as this e-book was compiled by former biotech-opponent Fourat Janabi, now author/photographer/blogger, who interviewed OSF president Neal Carter earlier this year about OSF and Arctic® apples. This Q&A was part of a series which included a scientist (Dr. Kevin Folta), family farmer (Brian Scott), and ag-biotech company (us!); all of which we shared in our blog back in April. The Q&A series is included in the full publication, but it’s
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Recapping OSF at BIO 2013

Last week, the Biotechnology Industry Organization had their annual BIO 2013 convention in Chicago. Our president Neal Carter was in attendance, but he did much more than just “attend”! Neal was one of six panelists at the April 23rd “media breakfast” where panelists were asked many great questions about public opinion, biotech labeling, industry transparency and much more. Plus, he got to meet a major VIP in biotech media/education – Frank N. Foode (pictured)! Later that day, Neal delivered a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Companies in AgBiotech: Collaborating and Competing with the Majors”. He discussed the unique
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Why I work for Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Not many people are as lucky as I was to grow up in the orchard-filled Okanagan, where I had the opportunity to help get delicious BC apples and cherries off the trees and into the hands of fruit lovers everywhere. Whether picking fruit or working in the packing house (even the icy cold room!), every step of the way is a rewarding experience. One of the orchards I had the pleasure of working in was that of OSF founders Neal & Louisa Carter. Orchardists are salt-of-the-earth people, and the Carters are no exception. They truly love what they do, and
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