The U.S. Approves First Biotech Apple that Doesn’t Brown

February 14, 2015 3:07 PM

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On Friday, the USDA’s Biotechnology Regulatory Service (BRS) announced that it has approved the first genetically engineered apple that doesn’t brown when cut open. The agency said that the fruit posed no threat to other trees or pests.

It is the first time the USDA approves a GE plant that is tweaked in the benefit of the consumer, rather than of the producer. Other previous requests for approval involved crops that were resistant to pests or drought. Additionally, Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruit, the company that got the ap...

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