Arctic Apples

BC Arctic apples, now approved for sale in the USA, are genetically modified Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples that don’t brown, no matter how long you leave them out. These will be a boon to salad bars who can then fob off fruit salad that has been sitting out for a few days as fresh. The company that makes them is strenuously objecting to them being labeled so that people will not be able to tell them apart from ordinary apples. This is odd. Surely customers who want the new no-brown feature should have a way to tell which apples to buy. Surely people who don’t want to eat GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) apples, for whatever reason, should have the right to avoid them. Without labeling, people who want to avoid the GMO versions will have no choice but to avoid buying apples generally, which will harm the sales of traditional and organic apples. What the world really needs are some totally new varieties, not cosmetic tweakings like this. The extreme lack of bio-diversity makes apples more susceptible to pests than any other crop.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)