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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Arctic®, conventional and organic apple trees can coexist (part 2)

Following up on our January blog, we would like to further address why Arctic®, conventional and organic trees can successfully coexist. As previously explained (see blog and FAQ), apple trees are propogated by grafting, not seed, are pollinated by bees, not wind, and don’t escape and grow in the wild. The risk of cross-pollination is minimal, and we further mitigate that risk with our strict stewardship standards (e.g., requirements for hive placement, buffer rows). And, in the unlikely event cross-pollination did occur, only traces of Arctic material would be present in some of the seeds. Consider the statement by Robert
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