New Frontiers in Apples

by Darrin Grove, Professional Golf Management major

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the first genetically modified apples – ArticĀ® apples, grown by Okanagan Specialty Fruits in Canada. The very interesting part of these apples is that when they are bruised or cut they do not brown. These apples were approved after going through an assessment that found genetically engineered apples were unlikely to pose a plant risk to agriculture and other plants in the United States. Many genetically modified foods that we eat are engineered to deter insects, or survive herbicide (weed killer) treatment for weed management, but these apples are the first foods being directed towards the consumers and their needs and wants.

I think that this is a great idea for the people to be able to use because the apples will be able to last longer. Everyone should love this idea because it will give them more time to eat their food instead of having to throw out the wasted food. This will let people to be able to get their money’s worth and everyone loves saving money. This article also shows the science that we have at our disposal. we have the ability to genetically modify apples to make them last longer so if we continue on this path who knows where the possibilities will end.

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This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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