SUMMARY: "Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past. The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada."
Debating whether or not to eat that slightly-brown apple might be a thing of the past.
The genetically modified Arctic apple developed in B.C. has been approved for sale in Canada.
The fruit was developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and has a unique characteristic: it's a non-browning apple.
The government on Friday approved the commercial planting of genetically engineered apples that are resistant to turning brown when sliced or bruised.
The developer, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, says it believes the nonbrowning feature will be popular with both consumers and food service companies because it will make sliced apples more appealing. The feature could also reduce the number of apples discarded because of bruising.
SUMMARY: "Groups from around the world  today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees."
Without regulatory oversight or public consultation, the USDA allows for the commercial production of a new GE pine variety. Yet opponents warn that the implications of introducing this GE product are unknown, and unknowable, without long-term studies.
WASHINGTON — Without regulatory oversight or public consultation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the go-ahead to a biotech company to start introducing a genetically engineered (GE) pine tree that it has developed.