USDA approves new GMO apple for growth in U.S.

February 14, 2015 2:11 AM

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The apple, developed by Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, is genetically altered to resist bruising and browning once it's sliced. Developers say that will lead to greater use of the fruit and less waste.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the special fruit for commercial planting in the United States on Friday. The agency wanted to determine whether the tree that produces the new apple is a plant pest -- which are organisms that can cause harm to agricultural crops or ot...

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