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.
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.