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article imageTwenty B.C. grocers refuse to sell genetically modified apples

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     May 19, 2014 in Food
If approved, genetically modified apples could hit Canadian shelves by end of year but twenty British Columbia grocers, including Olives Community Market in Function Junction, refuse to sell them.
Olives join 19 other grocers across B.C. who've committed to not purchasing or selling the "Arctic Apple." The apple is genetically modified not to brown as quickly as other commercially available crops. The province-wide campaign to raise awareness of the modified apple was led by the Health Action Network Society (HANS).
The Arctic Apple was designed by Okanagan Specialty Fruit to not brown for 15 to 18 days after being cut and is currently awaiting government approval that could see it hit Canadian store shelves as early as this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allowed Okanagan to produce the apples in test plots in the states of New York and Washington. The company's fellow apple growers — including the U.S. Apple Association and the BCFGA — have actually voiced the loudest opposition to the Arctic Apple. In a letter to the USDA, the Northwest Horticultural Council has compared the fruit to "an invasive pest species."
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