The U.S. government has recently approved a new gene-altered apple that will completely resist any forms of browning that occur after an apple is sliced. The new strain of apples have recently been developed by a Canadian company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits. This new genetic modification is meant to reduce the amount of apples thrown out because of people’s unsavory thoughts toward eating an apple that has already slightly browned. The apples have been dubbed the name “Arctic Apples”, and can be found in the form of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious types. Although the fruit will not brown immediately or even a while after being sliced, the creators have attempted to reassure those on the opposing end that the apples do eventually brown.
However, it may be years before we see this new “Arctic Apple” out for purchase at our local supermarkets. The president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits has stated that trees must first be planted in plenty and then eventually grow up in time to bear the actual fruits. Many on the opposing sides, however, feel that this genetic modification for simple aesthetic problems is unnecessary and is only adding onto the number of GMO products already available to us. Many are advocates of the old, tried and true method of applying lemon juice onto an apple to prevent browning from occurring naturally.
Although there are many different opinions on the subject of GMO foods, there seems to be plenty of time to make any necessary changes to the approval before the apples come out on the market.