Consumers Should Get To Try The First Biotech Apples

Since the United States Department of Agriculture opened the 60-day public comment period on our petition for the deregulation of Arctic® Apples, there has been a huge amount of media attention. Many articles have been published over the past two weeks and we are pleased to share one of the most well-read, articulate ones so far. Dr. Steve Savage has over 30 years of experience in agricultural technology and wrote “Consumers Should Get To Try The First Biotech Apples”, which is posted on his site: Applied Mythology.   We encourage you to click here to view this article in full on
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Key points we like to make about Arctic® apples

When we started OSF in 1996, we set out to improve apple consumption. As growers, we were disturbed by declining apple demand, and that apples were not competing well against other snack foods. We also understood how browning was keeping apples out of the fresh-cut produce business and that browning was a cost all along the value chain. Our decision to choose a biotechnology approach to inhibit apple browning was not taken lightly. Even way back then, we were listening to consumers and their concerns that biotech was scary and wasn’t offering any benefits for consumers. Based on this, we
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How does a genetically engineered food get to the Canadian market?

In December 2011, OSF began the government review process that is required to take a new food product, like Arctic® Apples, to market in Canada. In Canada, two agencies share responsibility for regulating plants and plant foods created through biotechnology: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada. CFIA ensures the safety of “plants with novel traits” for the environment and use as animal feed. Health Canada ensures that “novel foods” are safe for human consumption. Both agencies require substantial data to prove the similarity and safety of a genetically modified plant/plant food to its conventional counterpart. Previous reviews of
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How does a genetically engineered food get to the U.S. market?

In May 2010, OSF initiated the regulatory review process to allow our nonbrowning Arctic® Apples to be grown and sold in the U.S. market. In this post, we’ll present an overview of what’s entailed in that process, and how you can get involved. In our case, two U.S. agencies are involved in reviewing Arctic® Apple trees and fruit: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for ensuring that genetically modified (GM) plants don’t pose a pest or disease threat. Its review and approval is mandatory before a GM plant can be grown in the United States. To initiate USDA’s
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