Do you need a GMO apples that do not darken?

18.07.2012

The Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed two varieties of genetically modified apples that do not darken after their chews on the pieces. Varieties are called "Arctic Apples"


Soon authorized government agencies will begin testing the new fruit on health safety, and while on the North American continent rising wave of rejection. According to the survey, conducted in Canada, 69% of 1,500 respondents were against the approval of the state of GM apples.

In the States, the American Association of malic also welcomes the emergence of a similar product on the market — though under a plausible pretext economic: it is, they say, will cast a shadow on the apples grown in the United States.

The manufacturer, of course, insists that his apples are not only completely harmless, but also help to correct the negative trend that has developed in the U.S. market, where sales of fresh apples have fallen by 20% over last year. Company representatives noted that, according to their observations, in many situations, people avoid taking a whole apple, but prefer to help themselves in small pieces, but only if they do not have time to pokorichnevet. In addition, many large distribution network refuse to take the implementation of apples with noticeable brown spots caused by strokes, and it is either additional losses for farmers or the growth of prices for "perfect-looking" apples for the end user.

The actual process of genetic modification of apples developed in Australia, the same research group that has done something similar with potatoes. Its essence indoor additional copies of the gene, self-activating mechanism, which in turn inhibits the activity of other genes responsible for the production of polyphenol oxidase — enzyme causing brown.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits says that as soon as the GM fruit will receive the coveted certificate, they will be sold under the brand name "Arctic apples." But what really has upset a Canadian manufacturer of high-tech, so it is opposed by another American Union — Northwest Gardening Association, which controls about 60% of the U.S. apple market. Representatives of the association said that they certainly do not believe that GM apples are dangerous, but it is believed that the entire industry would be desirable to keep the old image of an apple — healthy natural product.

By the way, contrary to popular opinion about the dominance of GM products in the U.S. if Canadians will be able to get permission from regulators, their genetically modified apples will be the first product of its kind sold directly to consumers. (As food ingredients and by-products of GM fruits and vegetables are present in the U.S. market for almost 20 years.)

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