An apple a day may be just what the doctor ordered but sliced apples that brown before kids even open their school lunchboxes are the bane of parents trying to get their kids to eat a healthy snack.
So a Canadian biotech company’s plan to grow a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t brown seems like a tempting idea. The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened a 60-day public comment period on July 13 to review Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s bid for regulatory approval for Arctic Apples.
An apple that doesn’t undergo enzymatic browning sounds like a god send for busy moms who want their kids to eat a few servings of fruits and veggies a day and the company knows just how to appeal to them. “Convenience, for your busy life,” is just one of the slogans the company's website uses to pitch the product. Taking the so-called “yuck” (or browning) factor may make the kids reach for this low-hanging fruit. But as desirable as it sounds, as a health-conscious mother trying to feed my kids mostly organic, pesticide- and chemical-free foods, the idea of a genetically engineered apple also disturbs me to the core.
What do you think? Would you let your kids take a bite of the Arctic Apples or would you pass up this golden offer?