First GMO apple seeking approval
Well, actually the breeders are seeking approval of the Arctic Apple, not the apple itself, and I received a letter today from a large commercial grower in Washington State asking me to join in an effort to reject its release. Arctic is apparently the first GMO apple to seek approval for commercial release.
The fear isn't about health consequences but instead about economic consequences because trees pollinated by Arctic will be classified as having GMO fruit although only the seeds will be affected.
In other words, the same deal as traditional corn being next to GMO corn- except one eats corn seeds. It is primarily the fear that consumers will reject apples that have been contaminated in this way that is spurring this campaign.
Damn, and I was looking forward to GM varieties that were repellent to plum curculio and scab.