RT.com reports that “The national nightmare of apples turning slightly brown is coming to an end: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave commercial approval last week to the Arctic Fuji, a genetically modified apple that appears no different than its natural counterparts save for the fact doesn’t turn brown.”
Okanagan Specialty Fruits created the non-browning Arctic Apples by “silencing” the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) enzyme that causes oxidation in apples.
“Many big apple buyers don’t want this. Consumers don’t want this. It’s not only an unnecessary product, but the risks have not been fully examined…
Regulators have glossed over the possible unintentional effects of this technology, including the potential economic impacts on farmers, the potential of contamination for non-GMO and organic apple crops and the potential impact of the non-browning gene silencing, which could also weaken plant defenses and plant health,” Hauter said.
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has another GMO fruit in the works as they hope to have an Arctic Gala apple approved over the next two years, according to RT.com.