From Lucy Sharratt, at Commonground.ca:
“….BC and Washington apple growers, both conventional and organic, have already rejected the GM “non-browning” apple and opposition from orchardists has not wavered for over 10 years. The BC Fruit Growers Association opposes the GM apple and early last year the Washington-based Northwest Horticultural Council asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop the GM apple, saying, “The projected commercial benefits of a nonbrowning apple (which we feel are limited) are clearly outweighed by the marketing problems that the entire United States apple industry would confront.”
Okanagan organic orchardist Linda Edwards says, “At best, market awareness that genetically engineered orchards existed in our area would necessitate expensive testing. At worst, it would be loss of market share to areas where the possibility of this contamination could not occur.” Continue reading
By Ethan A. Huff, on Natural News:
(NaturalNews) Twenty years of careful research and development on a new apple variety has produced an amazing fruit that New Zealand’s Scoop news states is “sweet, tangy and delicious.” And the most amazing aspect of Swiss orchardist and researcher Markus Kobelt’s new RedLove apple variety is that it was designed to be resistant to disease, appealing to the palate, and easy to grow — and all without the use of any sort of artificial genetic modification.
For many years, researchers from other organizations have been working on creating a genetically modified (GM) apple variety that would be higher in nutrients, more resistant to disease and pests, and appealing to growers and consumers. But Kobelt beat them to the punch with his new non-GM variety, which was created using only natural breeding and cross-pollination techniques, rather than genetic manipulation, which means that it also bears none of the very serious health threats that GM varieties do. Continue reading
More of Andrea Lemieux’s great photos of cow share families at Glencolton Farms October 17th:
Carving those biodynamic pumpkins for Halloween
Here are some photos of the festivities from Andrea Lemieux, a cow-share member with Glencolton Farms. Glencolton Farms is a leader in raw milk farming in Ontario, Canada:
Farmer Michael Schmidt transports a load of diminutive apple pickers.
High there! -- the solution to harvesting those non-dwarf heritage apple orchards