There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Arctic® apples, but as you probably already know, they’re actually just the same as their conventional counterparts until you bite, slice or bruise the fruit. Still, we want to ensure anyone wanting to know why they’re just as safe and healthful can readily find out.
So, we’ve compiled the five most common myths about Arctic® apples, and why they don’t stand up to scrutiny:
1) Arctic® apples present a cross-pollination risk: We’re growers ourselves and have no intention of harming our neighbors. That’s why we’ve collected a massive amount of data proving cross-pollination won’t be an issue. Plus, even if cross-pollination did occur, the resulting fruit would not be affected!
2) Arctic® apples will disguise old/damaged fruit as fresh: Just the opposite is true! Because Arctic® apples resist enzymatic browning, which is separate from the discoloration that comes from meaningful damage or rot, when Arctic® fruit is discolored, you know that it’s past its prime.
3) Arctic® apples have not had enough testing: The regulatory processes in both the U.S. and Canada are so rigorous that we’ve had field trials of Arctic® apples under study for well over a decade. They’ve been tested for their response to pests, new proteins, nutrition and composition, and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture has concluded they’re just as safe and healthful as any other apple!
4) Arctic® apples will confer antibiotic resistance: While, like many biotech crops, we use a marker gene (NPTII) that resists the antibiotic kanamycin, there’s no NPTII protein present in Arctic® fruit. So, Arctic® apples are not resistant to antibiotics, nor would they transfer any resistance to anyone who eats them. Plus, the antibiotic-resistance gene is derived from commonly found soil bacteria, and has had GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) with the FDA since 1993.
5) Arctic® apples will be toxic / drenched in pesticide: This is an easy one because, quite simply, it’s completely made up! Arctic® apples can be grown with whatever pest controls the grower chooses and the nonbrowning trait has no impact on a trees response to disease or insect pressures.