Food Politics

The New Genetically Modified Apple

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As of January 20, 2017 genetically modified apples are now approved for sale in the U.S. by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This “new” apple has been modified to have extra copies of apple genes, which preserves apple slices for a longer period of time. This means they do not turn “brown” after they are cut and exposed to air as rapidly as a natural apple does.

“Arctic” Apples are produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits In British Columbia, Canada.  Okanagan Specialty Fruits also plans on producing Arctic versions of golden delicious, granny smith, and fuji apples.

As a previous blog article pointed out, the safety of GMOs for human consumption is far from certain.  If you are like many people, you need to be aware of the origin of the fruits and vegetables that you buy.  Right now the new GMO apple may be identified by it’s name “Arctic”.  It will also have a snowflake symbol on it’s label.  If you look at label codes, all GMO foods have a 5 digit code that begins with the number 8.