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(NPR)   Finally, we have an apple that will never brown, thanks to a genetically modified strain courtesy of a Canadian company   (npr.org) divider line 160
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2014-01-08 07:51:15 PM
The cost savings "can be huge," he says. "Right now, to make fresh-cut apple slices and put them in the bag, 35 or 40 percent of the cost is the antioxident treatment. So you could make a fresh-cut apple slice 30 percent cheaper."

So why will they cost four times as much?
 
2014-01-08 07:55:11 PM
How hard is it to buy a whole apple and cut it yourself? Damn, people are lazy.
 
2014-01-08 09:17:01 PM
DAMN YOU MONSANT...oh.
 
2014-01-08 09:22:53 PM
The cost savings "can be huge," he says. "Right now, to make fresh-cut apple slices and put them in the bag, 35 or 40 percent of the cost is the antioxident treatment. So you could make a fresh-cut apple slice 30 percent cheaper."


That doesn't sound right. I dehydrate apples, and it takes just a few cents worth of lemon/lime juice in water to do that with $10-$20 worth of apples.
 
2014-01-08 09:39:40 PM

shanrick: The cost savings "can be huge," he says. "Right now, to make fresh-cut apple slices and put them in the bag, 35 or 40 percent of the cost is the antioxident treatment. So you could make a fresh-cut apple slice 30 percent cheaper."

So why will they cost four times as much?


Because Science!

/hey... it works for the pharma companies...
 
2014-01-08 10:29:45 PM

cameroncrazy1984: DAMN YOU MONSANT...oh.


Thanks OBummer!
 
2014-01-08 10:30:59 PM
Never brown subby? Not even when you eat them? That could make for some weird looking poop.
 
2014-01-08 10:32:04 PM
You know what?  Just buy a farking apple for farksakes, and bite chunks off with your farking teeth.

I have seen the future, and it is pussified.
 
2014-01-08 10:32:04 PM
THIS APPLE WILL NEVER BE FLUSHED

/i got nothin'
 
2014-01-08 10:32:31 PM
Brown do bee do brown brown
pre-cut apples that don't brown do bee do brown brown
cause cutting fruit is hard to do.
 
2014-01-08 10:32:57 PM
An apple that will "never brown"?

Hey tardmitter, I have a potato that will never purple.
 
2014-01-08 10:33:27 PM

maddermaxx: Never brown subby? Not even when you eat them? That could make for some weird looking poop.


clearly you've never pooped neon green

/too much pistachio ice cream at once make it day-glo
 
2014-01-08 10:34:28 PM

AcneVulgaris: You know what?  Just buy a farking apple for farksakes, and bite chunks off with your farking teeth.

I have seen the future, and it is pussified.


I'm not pussified, so I don't have any farking teeth, just mouth teeth.
 
2014-01-08 10:36:53 PM
I thought Apples came in silver, white, or black. What is this brown you speak of?
 
2014-01-08 10:37:22 PM
If it doesn't contribute to anal leakage what's the point of going GMO?
 
2014-01-08 10:37:56 PM
Smeggy Smurf:
clearly you've never pooped neon green

/too much pistachio ice cream at once make it day-glo


Now there's an awesome science experiment for some kid's project.

How much are we talking?  Half gallon?  Full gallon?  I have put away a gallon and a half in one sitting but that was when I was a teen and I can't eat nearly that much before getting sick nowadays.

/chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, why must you be so delicious and awesomely textured?
 
2014-01-08 10:38:38 PM
Apples will keep for months in the fridge and you shouldn't be slicing them until you're about to eat them anyway so I honestly don't see a point to this.
 
2014-01-08 10:38:47 PM
Genetic engineering is scary because I don't understand it. Therefore these apples should be banned.
 
2014-01-08 10:39:25 PM
...And they'll taste like shiat, like those Honeycrisp and other assorted brand that taste more like plastic than an apple.
 
2014-01-08 10:40:54 PM
Won't go brown, but will still rot.  I'd rather have an apple that browned so I could know it was rotten.
 
2014-01-08 10:42:00 PM

Mister Peejay: Smeggy Smurf:
clearly you've never pooped neon green

/too much pistachio ice cream at once make it day-glo

Now there's an awesome science experiment for some kid's project.

How much are we talking?  Half gallon?  Full gallon?  I have put away a gallon and a half in one sitting but that was when I was a teen and I can't eat nearly that much before getting sick nowadays.

/chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, why must you be so delicious and awesomely textured?


OK, how about this experiment for you:

Make this

Try a color, when it runs out, move to the next. Document poop status.

/Wife made them a few years ago.
//Really does look like the pictures.
 
2014-01-08 10:42:51 PM

The Southern Dandy: Won't go brown, but will still rot.  I'd rather have an apple that browned so I could know it was rotten.


Brown has nothing to do with rot. Some Apples brown in seconds in oxygenated air. Still good hours laters.
 
2014-01-08 10:43:39 PM
Franken-apple
 
2014-01-08 10:44:13 PM
 But does it still taste like an apple? A real apple?
 
2014-01-08 10:45:08 PM

GoldSpider: Genetic engineering is scary because I don't understand it. Therefore these apples should be banned.


Pretty much sums up the anti-GMO argument

/and in this case, it's just reiterations of its own genes
 
2014-01-08 10:46:00 PM

gadian: But does it still taste like an apple? A real apple?


It tastes like gritty water, but it doesn't brown, which is all that really matters.
 
2014-01-08 10:46:07 PM

TyrantII: ...And they'll taste like shiat, like those Honeycrisp and other assorted brand that taste more like plastic than an apple.


Have you tried Green Dragon apples? They showed up this year in the Midwest.  My kids LOVED them, as did I.

If Kroger offers them again next autumn, I swear I will fill an entire grocery cart with them, clear out half the refrigerator for storage, and sleep on my hoard of Green Dragons like Smaug.
 
2014-01-08 10:46:47 PM
Oh, they'll turn brown.  Just give me a day or two.
 
2014-01-08 10:47:40 PM

impaler: The cost savings "can be huge," he says. "Right now, to make fresh-cut apple slices and put them in the bag, 35 or 40 percent of the cost is the antioxident treatment. So you could make a fresh-cut apple slice 30 percent cheaper."


That doesn't sound right. I dehydrate apples, and it takes just a few cents worth of lemon/lime juice in water to do that with $10-$20 worth of apples.


That might not work as well on the scale of, say, McDonald's. They use calcium ascorbate on their prepared apple slices. (I'm just going to go ahead an assume that's cheaper than lemon juice on an industrial scale.) And while the apple slices are definitely better for you than fries, they have the major disadvantage of tasting like ass. That could be due to the preservative, the plastic, the variety of apple used, or all of the above. But now there's a possibility that they could remove one of the ass-factors, making them less likely to turn off children (They put these things in Happy Meals) to the idea of eating fruit.

Which would be nice.

Too bad the modified apple had to be a Granny Smith of all things...
 
2014-01-08 10:48:35 PM
This GMO apple won't brown. Will that sour the fruit's image?

Why would what other people chose to do to a fruit sour the fruit's image? It can only sour the image of those who made it. The only thing I care about is that this apple is labeled. Putting hundreds of thousands of dollars behind a campaign to prevent labeling is what sours me on GMO stuff, not the GMO in general.

/take pride in your work, dammit
 
2014-01-08 10:49:01 PM

The Southern Dandy: Won't go brown, but will still rot.  I'd rather have an apple that browned so I could know it was rotten.


i3.kym-cdn.com

/not sure if bad.jpg
 
2014-01-08 10:49:11 PM
It will never brown anymore? So just like Michael Jackson then.

/of course just like Michael, that apple will also never move on it's own anymore
 
2014-01-08 10:49:16 PM
And there's a pill coming out to cure up those pesky anal warts eating the apples can cause.
 
2014-01-08 10:54:12 PM

fusillade762: How hard is it to buy a whole apple and cut it yourself? Damn, people are lazy.


For someone with no health issues, I tend to agree with you, but there are people with physical conditions such as arthritis who find pre-cut fruits and vegetables extremely convenient.
 
2014-01-08 10:54:17 PM
here is a short list of things Canadians invented or improved. your welcome.


Insulin, Treatment for Diabetes [1921, Frederick Banting, Charles Best]
Telephone [1876, Alexander Graham Bell]
Light Bulb [1874, Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans]
Five Pin Bowling [1908, Thomas F. Ryan]
Wonderbra [1964, Louise Poirier]
Pacemaker [1950, John Hopps, Wilfred Bigelow, John Callaghan]
Robertson Screw, 1908 [Peter Robertson]
Zipper [1913, Gideon Sundback]
Electric Wheelchair [1952, George Klein]
Poutine [1957, Fernand Lachance]
Cobalt-60 "Bomb" Cancer Treatment [1951, Harold Johns]
Java Programming Language [1994, James Arthur Gosling]
Bloody Caesar [1969, Walter Chell]
Canadarm [1975, Spar Aerospace/NRC]
Standard time [1878, Sir Sandford Fleming]
Electron Microscope [1939, James Hillier, Albert Prebus]
Ski-Doo [1922, Armand Bombardier]
BlackBerry [1999, Mike Lazaridis]
Radio Voice Transmission [1900, Reginald Fessenden]
Birchbark Canoe [First Peoples]
Basketball [1892, James Naismith]
Retractable Beer Carton Handle [1957, Steve Pasjack]
UV Degradable Plastics [1971, James Guillet]
Instant Replay [1955, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada]
Goalie Mask [1959, Jacques Plante]
Marquis Wheat [1908, Sir Charles Saunders]
Pablum [1930, Alan Brown, Theodore Drake, Frederick Tisdall]
Lacrosse [First Peoples]
Electric Oven [1892, Thomas Ahearn]
Steam Fog Horn [1853, Robert Foulis]
Walkie-Talkie [1942, Donald L. Hings]
Alkaline Long-Lasting Battery [1959, Lewis Urry]
Paint roller [1940, Norman Breakey]
Electronic Music Synthesizer [1945, Hugh Le Caine]
WeeVac 6 [1990, Wendy Murphy]
Green Garbage Bag [1950, Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen, Frank Plomp]
Snowblower [1925, Arthur Sicard]
Self-propelled Combine Harvester [1937, Thomas Carroll]
Instant Mashed Potatoes [1962, Edward Asselbergs]
Explosives Vapour Detector [1985, Lorne Elias]
Marine Screw Propeller [1833, John Patch]
Plexiglas [1931, William Chalmers]
Key Frame Animation [1969, Nestor Burtnyk, Marcelli Wein]
CPR Mannequin: "ACTAR 911" [1989, Dianne Croteau, Richard Brault]
G-Suit [1941, Wilbur Rounding Franks]
Ardox Spiral Nail [1954, Allan Dove]
Automatic Lubricating Cup [1872, Elijah McCoy]
Crash-Position Indicator-CPI [1957, Harry Stevinson]
Caulking Gun [1894, Theodore Witte]
Separable Baggage Check [1882, John Mitchell Lyons
 
2014-01-08 10:55:57 PM

some_beer_drinker: Automatic Lubricating Cup [1872, Elijah McCoy]


Can't make it through the day without me automatic lubricating cup.
 
2014-01-08 10:56:24 PM

AcneVulgaris: You know what?  Just buy a farking apple for farksakes, and bite chunks off with your farking teeth.

I have seen the future, and it is pussified.


Yes, indeed, the future is likely to be a lost less macho than the way you think it should be.

You might want to get used to it.  Or, then again, feel free to go on whining about it, because your butthurt amuses me.  It's cool either way, really.
 
2014-01-08 10:58:37 PM
Once I saw a microwaveable grilled cheese sandwich in the freezer section on a market.

I knew humanity was doomed.
 
2014-01-08 10:58:51 PM

Canton: Too bad the modified apple had to be a Granny Smith of all things...


I don't mind Granny Smith. Certainly a better choice than a Red "Delicious". Mealy textured and flavorless- about the only thing those are good for is when they're used to imitate other fruit in instant oatmeal.

\Yes, ladies and gentlemen, peaches those ain't.
 
2014-01-08 10:59:49 PM
Apples had to be hybridized into something edible. But it can go either way. Delicious keeps forever now, but it tastes like wood. Fuji and Honeycrisp I had recently were delicious.
I don't have anything against GMO in particular, but food science in general is focused on marketability usually at the expense of taste and nutrition.
 
2014-01-08 10:59:59 PM
While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.
 
2014-01-08 11:00:40 PM

fusillade762: How hard is it to buy a whole apple and cut it yourself? Damn, people are lazy.



Knives should only be handled by trained professionals.

And homicidal robots robots, of course.
 
2014-01-08 11:02:35 PM
I had a strain of honey crisp apples that have been doing this for years.  And delicious.  So far nothing bad.
 
2014-01-08 11:03:01 PM
Okay, I'm calling it an evening. When I double words and don't notice it on preview, I'm too tired.
 
2014-01-08 11:03:05 PM
I don't really have a problem with regular old apples.
 
2014-01-08 11:04:50 PM
I just eat apples.  Meh.

Fuji's rock for the price.  Honeycrisp is the bomb.  Pink Ladies are nice.  Golden delicious for cooking.
 
2014-01-08 11:09:58 PM
Damn,  there goes my favorite game to pass the time.
 
2014-01-08 11:10:05 PM
Nothing tastes better than crisp apple slices soaking in lemon juice.

That gets a big mmmmmpphhhh from me!
 
2014-01-08 11:10:23 PM

some_beer_drinker: here is a short list of things Canadians invented or improved. your welcome.


Insulin, Treatment for Diabetes [1921, Frederick Banting, Charles Best]
Telephone [1876, Alexander Graham Bell]
Light Bulb [1874, Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans]
Five Pin Bowling [1908, Thomas F. Ryan]
Wonderbra [1964, Louise Poirier]
Pacemaker [1950, John Hopps, Wilfred Bigelow, John Callaghan]
Robertson Screw, 1908 [Peter Robertson]
Zipper [1913, Gideon Sundback]
Electric Wheelchair [1952, George Klein]
Poutine [1957, Fernand Lachance]
Cobalt-60 "Bomb" Cancer Treatment [1951, Harold Johns]
Java Programming Language [1994, James Arthur Gosling]
Bloody Caesar [1969, Walter Chell]
Canadarm [1975, Spar Aerospace/NRC]
Standard time [1878, Sir Sandford Fleming]
Electron Microscope [1939, James Hillier, Albert Prebus]
Ski-Doo [1922, Armand Bombardier]
BlackBerry [1999, Mike Lazaridis]
Radio Voice Transmission [1900, Reginald Fessenden]
Birchbark Canoe [First Peoples]
Basketball [1892, James Naismith]
Retractable Beer Carton Handle [1957, Steve Pasjack]
UV Degradable Plastics [1971, James Guillet]
Instant Replay [1955, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada]
Goalie Mask [1959, Jacques Plante]
Marquis Wheat [1908, Sir Charles Saunders]
Pablum [1930, Alan Brown, Theodore Drake, Frederick Tisdall]
Lacrosse [First Peoples]
Electric Oven [1892, Thomas Ahearn]
Steam Fog Horn [1853, Robert Foulis]
Walkie-Talkie [1942, Donald L. Hings]
Alkaline Long-Lasting Battery [1959, Lewis Urry]
Paint roller [1940, Norman Breakey]
Electronic Music Synthesizer [1945, Hugh Le Caine]
WeeVac 6 [1990, Wendy Murphy]
Green Garbage Bag [1950, Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen, Frank Plomp]
Snowblower [1925, Arthur Sicard]
Self-propelled Combine Harvester [1937, Thomas Carroll]
Instant Mashed Potatoes [1962, Edward Asselbergs]
Explosives Vapour Detector [1985, Lorne Elias]
Marine Screw Propeller [1833, John Patch]
Plexiglas [1931, William Chalmers]
Key Frame Animation [1969, Nestor Burtnyk, Marcelli Wein]
CPR Mannequin: "ACTAR 911" [1989, ...



Improved don't count.
 
2014-01-08 11:12:22 PM

Smeggy Smurf: maddermaxx: Never brown subby? Not even when you eat them? That could make for some weird looking poop.

clearly you've never pooped neon green

/too much pistachio ice cream at once make it day-glo


I recall the ninja turtle popcicles of my childhood having the same effect.
 
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