U.S. Apple gives Arctic apple chilly reception

07/13/2012 03:12:00 PM
Tom Karst

 • Ultimately, the future of GE apples in the United States will be determined by USDA’s decision on the two petitions and by the marketplace. The market will have time to decide, since new apple trees take years to come into production after starting in the plant nursery and being planted in the orchard.

TK:  If I was an apple marketer, I'm sure I would agree with the cautious position of U.S. Apple. Eventually, however, researchers will find a use of genetic engineering that solves a critical problem for the apple industry, whether that be fireblight resistance or some other long-desired trait. It would be better, when that time eventually comes, to have the market acceptance issue settled. Why not let Arctic be the test case?

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