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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 11:12:32 PM
But but but...I was told by poorly mimeographed pages on the internet that GMOs are all bad!
 
2014-01-08 11:12:33 PM
What a rotten apple might look like:
i264.photobucket.com
Choose wisely.
 
2014-01-08 11:12:33 PM
Executives: We can make shiatloads of money on this non-browning apple!!
People: fark you and all your greed by ruining the 'natural' food chain.
Executives: A small militia of private police(provided by blackwater corps) are on the way to your home, citizen. Please lie down and take it up the ass, as we own your food.

/Zero need for this product.
//Those who need it buy Apple products and don't know jackshiat about life, the universe and everything.
 
2014-01-08 11:12:38 PM
So anyone want to take a bet on how quickly it takes the DERPERS to start a Facebook meme that says something like "GMO apples were created to produce cyanide to prevent browning, like if you want to ban GMOs!"?
 
2014-01-08 11:13:30 PM
irradiated apples last a long time too. And without genetic engineering.

\Thanks Three-Mile Island.
\\You are why we can't have nice things.
 
2014-01-08 11:14:43 PM
Steve Jobs in spinning in his grave.
 
2014-01-08 11:17:43 PM
Are people such wimps that they won't eat an apple that has browned slightly after being cut?
 
2014-01-08 11:19:12 PM
Finally, our national nightmare is over.
 
2014-01-08 11:21:27 PM

blipponaut: Are people such wimps that they won't eat an apple that has browned slightly after being cut?


Some people think mayo turns into poison if you leave it on a sandwich longer than five minutes.
 
2014-01-08 11:21:45 PM
The Chinese melamine version is cheaper.
 
rka
2014-01-08 11:23:08 PM
Yeah, like I'm going to buy a Canadian genetically modified apple. They probably added a Maple leaf into the genetic code.

You can keep your Franken-apples thank you very much.
 
2014-01-08 11:23:47 PM

meat0918: While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.



They did it with rice, but the anti-science crowd was all OMG, Frankenfood scary!
 
2014-01-08 11:24:10 PM
Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please
 
2014-01-08 11:24:43 PM

sheep snorter: Executives: We can make shiatloads of money on this non-browning apple!!
People: fark you and all your greed by ruining the 'natural' food chain.
Executives: A small militia of private police(provided by blackwater corps) are on the way to your home, citizen. Please lie down and take it up the ass, as we own your food.

/Zero need for this product.
//Those who need it buy Apple products and don't know jackshiat about life, the universe and everything.


It's not made for us, it's made for the guys that produce already cut apples so they don't have to treat it with chemicals

And here's the kicker, you don't really need to worry about cross pollination with this one, since all or almost all orchards are all clones of a specific variety already anyways.

Even your organic ones are clones.

That, and the typical GMO complaints don't apply.

It's all apple genes.

It's not Monsanto.

It'll be ready labeled as "Arctic" apples.
 
2014-01-08 11:25:22 PM
So one of these will never spoil a whole bunch of girls?
 
2014-01-08 11:26:22 PM

GilRuiz1: meat0918: While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.


They did it with rice, but the anti-science crowd was all OMG, Frankenfood scary!


I know.

Biocassava is pretty impressive too.
 
2014-01-08 11:32:10 PM

meat0918: GilRuiz1: meat0918: While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.


They did it with rice, but the anti-science crowd was all OMG, Frankenfood scary!

I know.

Biocassava is pretty impressive too.


Nice!

Hey, both efforts were specifically started to help starving poor people, and the anti-GMO crowd is normally the same crowd that is for helping poor people.  One would think they would applaud food that would save a half million dying children a year, but they're not.  I wonder what gives.
 
2014-01-08 11:32:11 PM

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


This.

Aww, it turned brown? Wah.

I like my apples to taste like apples, not simply look like apples. We have wax fruit for that.

Sadly, it brings to mind this:

Roses' smell no longer as sweet
 
2014-01-08 11:32:55 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, ...



...but you fark one sheep...
 
2014-01-08 11:32:58 PM

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

My

welcome?
 
2014-01-08 11:33:03 PM

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


Fark you apple troll! Honey crisps rule! Though the Sweet Tango may dethrone it.
 
2014-01-08 11:33:50 PM

Snarfangel: 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.


theinfosphere.org
 
2014-01-08 11:33:54 PM

macross87: I thought Apples came in silver, white, or black. What is this brown you speak of?


Steampunk Apples.
 
2014-01-08 11:36:09 PM

GilRuiz1: meat0918: GilRuiz1: meat0918: While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.


They did it with rice, but the anti-science crowd was all OMG, Frankenfood scary!

I know.

Biocassava is pretty impressive too.

Nice!

Hey, both efforts were specifically started to help starving poor people, and the anti-GMO crowd is normally the same crowd that is for helping poor people.  One would think they would applaud food that would save a half million dying children a year, but they're not.  I wonder what gives.


Probably cranky from their self-diagnosed gluten "allergies"
 
2014-01-08 11:36:39 PM
Can slice my own apples, don't need this.  I'd be much more excited about an extension on the 1-2 day window before ripe bananas blacken.
 
2014-01-08 11:42:07 PM
 "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."

Hm. Lessee... 35+40... divide by two... carry the one there somewhere... Yea! 30% cheaper! That's the ticket.
 
2014-01-08 11:43:49 PM
Why is poutine on that list?

I mean, we can all agree that Canadians improvements on instant mashed potatoes make them prize-worthy when it comes to advancements made to the modern world... but have they really taken us anywhere with their improvements on poutine?

Spellcheck doesn't even recognize that sh*t. Of course, it also doesn't recognize "spellcheck," so I'm swimming in a sea ofred squiglies here.

/wth? Really? Now I have red squiglies under squiglies. Spellcheck doesn't like "squiglies?"
//this is bullsh*t
///help! I'm drowning in a sea of, um, red, um, wavy line looking things
 
2014-01-08 11:46:39 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, 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


Candians are responsible for Weevac 6?!

CANADIANS...!
 
2014-01-08 11:54:12 PM
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
No, no, no
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees

Please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey now, they paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not?

Listen, late last night, I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took my girl away
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Well, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey hey hey
Paved paradise and put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it
Why you wanna giving it all away
Hey, hey, hey
Now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
Now you wanna giving it all away

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it
Why you wanna giving it all away
Hey, hey, hey
Now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
Cos you giving it all away
Hey, hey, givin it all,
givin it all....away

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
 
2014-01-08 11:59:13 PM
Dadoody:
Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please


I already did that upthread.

/Godammit. Spellcheck doesn't like "upthread" either
//This is bullsh*t
///Squiglies.
 
2014-01-09 12:01:15 AM

cptjeff: 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.


Eh. Depends on where they're grown. I've had some decent ones locally, but then, Michigan has much smaller, sweeter apples than the flavorless things they ship in from Washington. For all I know they're two different strains. They sure don't look like the same apple.

Granny Smith is okay, but too mild. I like more flavor. Sweet, tart, whatever. As long as it's fresh, crisp and local, it's probably a good bet. Ginger Gold in season, for example, is heaven in apple form. I'm sure of it.

/Picky about my apples
 
2014-01-09 12:03:36 AM
Will it give me autism? Should I call Jenny?
 
2014-01-09 12:08:33 AM
I wonder how these anti GMO peoples feel about seed mutation breeding?
 
2014-01-09 12:11:53 AM
Those evil Canadian GMO bastards!  We have to do something to stop this!

Do they have oil?  Oh they do!


We definitely need to invade them stop to the threat to the sanctity of our apple pies!
 
2014-01-09 12:22:37 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-09 12:24:51 AM

Canton: cptjeff: 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.

Eh. Depends on where they're grown. I've had some decent ones locally, but then, Michigan has much smaller, sweeter apples than the flavorless things they ship in from Washington. For all I know they're two different strains. They sure don't look like the same apple.

Granny Smith is okay, but too mild. I like more flavor. Sweet, tart, whatever. As long as it's fresh, crisp and local, it's probably a good bet. Ginger Gold in season, for example, is heaven in apple form. I'm sure of it.

/Picky about my apples


Have you tried a  Northern Spy?  It's not considered an "eating" apple but I like it's sweet-tart blend.  Unfortunately, they're extremely tough to find.  Where I live (Eastern Washington) you never find them in supermarkets and I've only been able to get them at a couple local orchards that specialize in unique and hard-to-find apples.

Another sweet-tart apple I like is the Winesap.  It used to be quite common in stores but now it's as tough to find as Northern Spies.
 
2014-01-09 12:27:48 AM

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


no... Genetic engineering is scary because it is hard to understand to everyone, and not even the scientists that have given this the go-ahead know what any long term effects are waiting for people, or not.
 
2014-01-09 12:30:34 AM
i blame any grammatical mistakes on Paulaner Hefe-Weizen...
 
2014-01-09 12:30:45 AM
I gave my love an apple that would not brown,
I gave my love a
Smash! Smash! Smash!
Sorry.
 
2014-01-09 12:32:44 AM
GMO?!!

DOES IT WEIGH MORE THAN A DUCK?!!

/BURN IT!!!!11!!!
 
2014-01-09 12:39:33 AM

GilRuiz1: Hey, both efforts were specifically started to help starving poor people, and the anti-GMO crowd is normally the same crowd that is for helping poor people.  One would think they would applaud food that would save a half million dying children a year, but they're not.  I wonder what gives.


Has any of this miracle GMO food ever made it to those poor people? No?

I rest my case.
 
2014-01-09 12:40:32 AM

legion_of_doo: GMO?!!

DOES IT WEIGH MORE THAN A DUCK?!!

/BURN IT!!!!11!!!



*Sigh*
 
2014-01-09 12:45:09 AM

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


Yes, I am. I sometimes buy the kiddie packs, five bags of apple slices and yogurt dip. I take them to work for lunch, with a sammich or whatnot. I am that lazy, otherwise I'd just buy chips.
 
2014-01-09 12:46:29 AM

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?


I can see one of the kids facing expulsion for such a thing then me going down there and thumping the principal and the whole thing winding up before SCOTUS
 
2014-01-09 12:48:42 AM

cameroncrazy1984: DAMN YOU MONSANT...oh.


Don't you mean Monstant-eh?
 
2014-01-09 12:52:27 AM

GilRuiz1: meat0918: GilRuiz1: meat0918: While I applaud the novelty, why not improve the nutrition content for once?

Oh yeah, $$$$$ is in making the food shelf stable, not nutritious.


They did it with rice, but the anti-science crowd was all OMG, Frankenfood scary!

I know.

Biocassava is pretty impressive too.

Nice!

Hey, both efforts were specifically started to help starving poor people, and the anti-GMO crowd is normally the same crowd that is for helping poor people.  One would think they would applaud food that would save a half million dying children a year, but they're not.  I wonder what gives.


My guess is they don't care if starving Africans want to eat it, they don't want to eat it.  Also something about monocultures.
 
2014-01-09 12:59:14 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: GilRuiz1: Hey, both efforts were specifically started to help starving poor people, and the anti-GMO crowd is normally the same crowd that is for helping poor people.  One would think they would applaud food that would save a half million dying children a year, but they're not.  I wonder what gives.

Has any of this miracle GMO food ever made it to those poor people? No?

I rest my case.


What case?

Golden rice hasn't reached anyone because opposition to its distribution stopped it, and the Biocassava is still in development.

At least this rice made and discovered using GMO techniques then precision marker bred so it could bypass regulations on GMO, because although it was developed initially with GMO techiniques, it's 100% rice, no gene injection, just bred from the drought and flood resistant rice that wasn't so tasty into a tastier rice that people actually wanted to grow.

These apple guys just bypassed the decades of breeding it would have taken to get this gene to express itself naturally.
 
2014-01-09 01:00:12 AM
Even Honeycrisps aren't what they were just a few years ago. When they first came out, they scented my entire house, from just a dozen in a bowl on my kitchen counter. You couldn't help but eat one, every time you walked by. They were on the smaller side, but they were crispy, and juicy, and flavorful.

Now, they're double the size that they used to be, are often mealy textured, and don't taste any different than a Braeburn/Gala, for double the price.

/sigh
 
2014-01-09 01:12:03 AM

TinyFist: Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please


came for it...leave kindda happy
/that really did take too long to show up
 
2014-01-09 01:25:43 AM
I suppose some folks would appreciate an invention to prevent brown presidents.
 
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