National Editor Tom Karst
National Editor Tom Karst

Is the GMO apple getting closer to reality?

I talked to one source this week who believes the USDA decision on the GMO non browning Arctic apple could be mere weeks away.

At the same time, I notice there is pick up in activity on The Packer online for previous stories and blog posts about the Arctic apple.

Earlier this month, we received a press release from Okanagan Specialty Fruit, referring to a recent speech about the benefits of biotechnology from Neal Carter. From the release:

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Neal Carter, the president of tree fruit biotechnology company Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), recently delivered a presentation on agricultural biotechnology at a TEDx event in Penticton, BC. His presentation, which was delivered live on October 27, 2012, is now available online at the company’s consumer-aimed website.
Neal Carter has made it a priority to help educate the public on the value of biotechnology in agriculture. His presentation, titled, “Agricultural Biotechnology:  Feeding a Hungry Planet and Saving Lives” is meant to further that cause.
The twelve minute talk covers several topics including the history of biotech foods, the next wave of biotech crops currently in development, the benefits biotechnology can offer, the debate surrounding the technology and the need for more public education.
Carter, a bioresource engineer for over thirty years who also runs a family orchard in addition to OSF, says he was excited to have the opportunity to share such important information through a respected outlet like TEDx. Carter encourages everyone to watch the video and learn as much about biotechnology as possible before passing judgment.


TK: If the USDA renders a positive judgment on the Arctic apple, as many expect, it remains to be seen if there will be legal challenges soon thereafter. Whatever the case, Neal Carter and the Arctic apple will merit our attention in the months ahead. He is going it alone in this quest for the GMO apple.