Would you buy a genetically modified apple that didn't brown?
I love apples. No, seriously, I really, really love apples. I eat one (or more) pretty much every single day and, although I know that they're one of the top fruits that we have to buy organic because of possible pesticide contamination, they're still my favorite go-to mid-morning snack. The one thing I never liked about apples, though, is that they can turn brown pretty fast after biting. Now a Canadian company has come up with a genetically modified apple that actually DOESN'T brown. But is it safe for your family?
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The company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits has come up with the arctic apple that "carries a synthetic gene that reduces the production of polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that causes the fruit to brown." Okay, well, I can understand where they were going with this—but messing with the fruit genetically seems like a pretty creepy move on their part.
I'm pretty suspect of any fruit or vegetable that's been genetically modified to become supposedly better. I mean, honestly, what's the point of making an apple that doesn't brown? Is becoming brown really so big of a deal that we have to alter the natural healthiness of something that came from nature?
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At the very least, I'm kind of glad that the U.S. apple industry is responding in the same way as I am, angry at this company because their little genetic trick might "undermine the fruit's image as a healthy and natural food." It's definitely NOT natural to do this to a poor, unsuspecting apple. I'm not really happy about it either and I'm hoping that this idea won't spread cause, really, who needs a weird non-browning apple?
Would you buy a genetically modified apple that doesn't brown? Share with us in the comments below!
Image via Okanagan Specialty Fruits