“The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Month”

Reported by the Smithsonian Magazine

Thought this was an interesting read to go along with some of the themes covered in class. This would be the first crop on the market to prevent fruit browning caused by the enzyme, Polyphenol oxidase (PPO).

The company spearheading the project is Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. Their current project are the Arctic Apples. These apples were genetically modified so that the PPO enzyme would be silenced, increasing the longevity of the apple, and later harvested.

The company website describes the Apple Supply Chain and how the process is done.

Following their first commercial harvest this past fall, the first product to hit grocery store shelves will be the Arctic Golden slices in select midwestern U.S. stores. They’ll serve as test markets for a bigger launch later this year. The sliced apple product would minimize consumer waste, be ready to eat, and provide more nutrients that are lost in regular apples through the process of browning. Other types of products developed are Arctic Granny and Arctic Fuji.

If you have a chance check out their story and time lapse video posted below and on the product’s website.

You can follow @ArcticApples on Facebook and Twitter

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2 thoughts on ““The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Month””

  1. Being from a small town in NY where apple orchards are everywhere, I would never buy a GMO apple that never browned. One of my favorite fall activities is to go to the local orchards and pick my own apples. In my opinion, there is no better tasting apple then one you just picked off the tree moments ago. Food is supposed to go bad and adding chemicals to them to make them not perish is more harmful than beneficial.

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  2. It seems like the impetus to bring the non-browning apples seems to come from a sustainable viewpoint- to “minimize consumer waste, be ready to eat, and provide more nutrients that are lost in regular apples through the process of browning”. At the same time, however, I think the idea of apples not browning will be concerning to a lot of people, and like other GMOs, we won’t know the long term effects on consumers’ health.

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