USDA Approves Genetically Modified Non-Browning Apple

The "Arctic" apples have a suppressed enzyme that delays the browning that occurs after an apple is cut or bruised.
1:32 | 02/15/15

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There is news tonight about the quest for the perfect apple. One that doesn't brown when you slice it. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it's not. And it's coming to a grocery store near you. Here's ABC's Gloria Riviera. Reporter: Watch this. A time lapse video of two seemingly identical apples. With time, the apple on the left browning as Normal after a cut, bruised or bitten. The apple on the right, still perfect. The difference? Science. The apples are a brain child of a small Canadian company. They say their arctic apples, a version of the granny smith and golden delicious, have a suppressed enzyme that delays browning. It will still rot eventually, but stay cosmetically superior for longer. This week, the U.S. Department of agriculture approved the arctic apples. A genetically modified nonbrowning apple, deciding that they are not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment. We asked customers, how do you like them apples? If I knew up front, I probably wouldn't have a problem with it, in fact, I'm a bit intrigued to try it. I don't mind that they turn brown, I mean -- you can do the same thing with lemon juice to keep them from browning. Reporter: Critics are concerned about misleading customers who may accidentally bite into an apple that is much older than it appears. Already 80% of the corn and soybeans Americans consume are genetically altered. But as for these arctic apples, the earliest you would see them in your grocery score would be 2017. Gloria Riviera, ABC news, Washington.

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