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The world’s first GMO apple will not turn brown, but is it safe?

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The world’s first GMO apple is hitting the U.S. market next month, but it’s not a Washington apple. The Arctic Apple is produced by Canada’s Okanagan Specialty Fruits and its fancy GMO magic trick is that it will not turn brown.

“Specifically what’s done with that apple is they’ve turned off that browning gene,” said Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission. “There’s nothing introduced into this particular apple to make it Frankenapple.”

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First GMO apple slices to go on sale in Midwest

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A small amount of genetically modified sliced apples will go on sale in 10 Midwest stores this February and March.

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — The first genetically modified apples to be sold in the U.S. will debut in select Midwestern stores next month.

A small amount of Arctic brand sliced and packaged Golden Delicious, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, B.C., will be in 10 stores this February and March, said Neal Carter, the company’s founder and president. He would not identify the retailers, saying that’s up to them.

Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region known as "Ground Zero" for Their Development

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For Immediate Release - 21 October 2016

North Myrtle Beach, SC– In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall only days before, strategies to stop the development of genetically engineered trees (GE trees) were the topic at a meeting that brought Indigenous Peoples, scientists, ecologists, and legal, social and environmental justice experts to North Myrtle Beach over October 12-18.

GE trees would threaten forests and communities throughout the U.S. Southeast–known by activists as "ground zero" for the development of GE trees.

Will we soon have genetically engineered forests?

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Trees created with new methods of genetic engineering to be released for the first time in Sweden

Native forests threatened by genetically engineered trees

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The phrase "integral ecology" that Pope Francis uses in his environmental encyclical neatly compresses the concept of the timeless interrelationship of all creation into two words.

"It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected," he writes in chapter four of "Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home," which is dedicated to exploring the concept of integral ecology.

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