GM Arctic Apples to Cause Export Frenzy

ImageA recent article published by Sustainable Pulse discusses possible ramifications for US apple exports if and when GM Arctic Golden and Granny apples become approved for cultivation in 2014. Engineered to prevent browning, the new GM apples will be the first genetically modified apple on the North American market. However, issues have surfaced regarding the apples inclusion of an antibiotic marker gene, Kanamycin. Due to the risk of antibiotic resistance and concerns of cross-pollination and gene-transfers, EU regulators may refuse to allow imports of not only GM apples but all North American apples. According to Sustainable Pulse, “The British Columbia Fruit Growers Association has even openly rejected the GMO Arctic Apple because of the lack of independent testing or public consultation, the uncertainty over cross-pollination with non-GMO apple trees…”
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