Arctic® Apples Blog: Best of 2014

2014 has now made way for 2015, and the Arctic® apples blog has set a new record for average daily traffic! A big thank you to our readers, who like us, are patiently awaiting Arctic apple availability. We don’t expect to wait much longer for commerical approval, but while we eagerly look forward, let’s first look back on our most popular blog posts from each month of 2014:

JanuaryMIT Technology Review: “Buy Fresh, Buy GMO”

We highlight this respected publication’s attention-grabbing headline and their excellent special issue on ag-biotech.

FebruaryWith final comment period over, what’s next?

The 2nd and final U.S. comment period for Arctic® apples concluded on Jan. 30, 2014 and we discuss the final steps needed for commercial approval.

MarchOSF responds to question on “GMO Answers”

When a consumer asked GMO Answers if Arctic® apples present a cross-pollination risk, they reached out to OSF president Neal Carter for his response.

AprilJack Bobo: Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It? (Part 1)

In our most popular guest post of the year, the U.S. Department of State’s Jack Bobo addresses the challenge of feeding a fast-growing population.

MayIntroducing a familiar face (and name!) to the OSF team

OSF’s newest team member, Joel Carter, introduces himself and discusses his long ties to OSF and apple growing.

JuneThe simple science behind Arctic® apples

We compare our use of RNAi to silence apples’ browning genes with the utility of conventional apple breeding.

JulyTop 10 Consumer Questions About GMOs – Part 1

GMO Answers released a list of the top 10 questions submitted by consumers, and we highlight their answers to these questions.

AugustModern Apple Production: From Root To Fruit

Our 2nd official infographic provides visual representations of how apple trees are produced in modern times.

SeptemberDemystifying Arctic® apples’ modern science tools

We take a look at some of the modern science tools, such as our promoter and marker gene, that help introduce Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait.

OctoberShopper’s feedback: Arctic apples’ appeal more than skin deep

In a series of posts sharing our latest consumer research, this entry on taste testing feedback was the most popular of all!

NovemberApple industry embracing innovation to boost consumption

We explain that, to help boost flagging apple consumption, the apple industry has increasingly been turning to innovative varieties and products.

DecemberThe failures of anti-GMO bullying

Anti-GMO groups have attempted to reduce consumer and grower choices through bullying tactics, but their strategy doesn’t appear to be a good one.

And, so there you have it! We hope you will continue to follow our posts in 2015 and look forward to your comments and input.

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that helped lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples!