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    Tuesday, 31 January 2017

    New ‘Arctic Apple’ Reignites Debate on GMOs

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    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been a source of controversy for as long as they have existed. Ever since the first commercially available GMO product hit the shelves, namely the Flavr Savr tomato back in 1994, people from all walks of life have passionately debated their side, with some hailing GMOs as the big breakthrough the world needs, and other slating the practice over health concerns.

    Now, a new GMO product is bringing the debate back to the forefront. The ‘Arctic Apple’, created by Canada-based company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, claims to be the world’s first non-browning apple, with the producers boasting of its many apparent benefits including enhanced visual appeal, improved taste and texture, longer shelf life and reduced waste.

    Neal Carter, Founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, told the Independent, “We see this as less about genetic modification and more about convenience; I think consumers are very ready for apples that don't go brown. Everyone can identify with that 'yuck' factor.”

    Speaking to CBC, Professor McKay Jenkins of the University of Delaware stated that he believes the launch of the Artic Apple will serve as a testing ground for other GMO products:

    "The Arctic apple is about to become the symbol of the great national and possibly global debate over GMOs. Really the issue is not so much about the apple itself; the question is whether the public will buy something that is a GMO. Will the public happily buy into a GMO product?"

    However others, such as Dana Perls of Friends of the Earth, have already made up their mind on the matter, branding the apple as “understudied, unlabelled and unnecessary.” This is despite the US department of Agriculture ruling in February 2015 that the apple posed ‘no significant health and environmental risks.’

    Perls claims that, "It's only a matter of time before consumers realise they're being falsely marketed to… And then there will be an uproar."

    Only time will time which side is proven correct. The Artic Apple will hit stores in the US on February 1st.

    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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