Genetically modified apples are set to dominate the shelves in U.S. stores.
The first commercial harvest of GMO sliced apples will hit 400 grocery stores in the Midwest according to BloomBerg.
Okanagan Speciality Fruits claim that their Artic Apple never goes brown, after being sliced.
They have worked on Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Fuji brands.
Apples that don’t turn brown
According to the website of Artic Apples, apples turn brown when they are bitten, sliced or bruised.
The damaged flesh is exposed to oxygen, because of polyphenol oxidase (PPO).
The company has devised a technique to reduce the quantity of PPO.
The gene that releases the enzyme has been suppressed.
A trail conducted by the companies put a conventional apple and an article apple to the test for 24 hours.
The experiment found that the conventional apple turned brown but the artic apple retained its original colour.
View the full results here.
The product has been in the pipeline for decades and it has taken a significant period of time to receive approval from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Two years ago, the USDA gave the green light.
The company now have 280 acres under article apple production, with a target set by 2020 to cover 1,000 acres.
There is no evidence that genetically modified foods cause any health issues.
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