Lessons from the Rothamsted wheat trial

The recent coverage of the Rothamsted (London, England) wheat trials provides an excellent case study of how being open to real dialogue among supporters and detractors of biotechnology can result in a positive outcome. “Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years” and their mission is “to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.” Quite noble goals, yet Rothamsted was recently the site of one of the most public and inflammatory debates
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Cross pollination concerns? Don’t bee-lieve it!

A concern some people have about crops produced through biotechnology is the potential for cross-pollination of these crops with conventional or organic crops. In our case, bees pollinate Apple blossoms; so some wonder what’s to stop the bees from carrying pollen from Arctic® apples to other orchards? A very good question, but luckily, we have a very good answer! Apple blossoms must be pollinated through the transfer of pollen by bees. Bees carry an apple flower’s male reproductive cells to the “stigma”, the female reproductive part of a flower. Since orchards often have thousands of trees, LOTS of bees are needed!
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Canada seeks public input on Arctic® Apples

CFIA seeks public comment on Arctic® apples OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® apples are taking another important step toward getting more people eating more apples. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted our submission for unconfined environmental release of nonbrowning Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples for public comment. More than 15 years in the making, this is a major milestones for Okanagan Specialty Fruits, for apple consumers and for the apple industry. So what’s next? To learn more about the Canadian process for evaluating plants and plant foods developed through biotechnology, we have generally described that process here. Decide for yourself.
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