Apples are awesome; full of vitamins, minerals and a few proteins here and there. We all love them, except for one thing. They get brown really fast. And with that, so is the enthusiasm of finishing it. A biscuit look so much better, don’t you think? Well thanks to technological advances apples that do not brown will be sold in the U.S.
So scientists thought about it and found a solution. And the U.S regulators liked it, considered it safe and are now approving two types of genetically engineered apples that can withstand the process of browning.
Despite the attempt apple growers in the organic industry and various GMO critics, the updated apples are hitting the shelves.
The “never brown” apples were developed by a Canadian biotech company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. The U.S department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection (or APHIS) consider these new products “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture”.
The two types of genetically engineered apples will be part of the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden category as they are identical to their conventional brothers. The difference is that they will not turn brown 2 minutes after your first bite.
The company’s representatives are very thrilled about this opportunity, describing it as “a monumental occasion”. Neal Carter, the president of Okanagan made the following statement:
“It is the biggest milestone yet for us, and we can’t wait until they’re available for consumers.”
The distribution of these furbished apples will begin at the end of 2016, and will be available in small quantities at first. If all goes according to their plan, the quantity of distributed apples will grow over a period of years.
Due to growing concerns regarding what consumers think of GMO products, company representatives wanted to explain that the two types of apples were designed using only tree fruit genes.
There are many discussions regarding GMO foods like corn and soy due to the fact that these products can contain genetic material deriving from bacteria or other organisms.
So it is understandable that not all agree with the distribution of such apples. The Organic Consumer Association sent a petition to the USDA asking to deny permission of marketing these fruits. The argument behind their action is that the genetic changes that were done to prevent the browning process might harm one’s health.
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