If Genetically Modified Apples Don’t Brown, Can You Tell If They’re Rotten?

In the fairy-tale world, a shiny red apple can lead to a poisonous end. But some see two genetically engineered green apple varieties, poised to become the first to gain U.S. Department of Agriculture approval,as similar harbingers of doom.

Okaganan Specialty Fruits Inc., the company that has developed Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties that don’t go brown when you slice them, says the fears are overblown and the apples are safe to eat.

Now, we’ve reported extensively on the heated debate over labeling genetically engineered food, and there’s no denying that genetically modified (GM) foods are a polarizing issue. But would an apple that doesn’t turn brown prevent us from telling whether it’s rotten? The short answer is no. For the long answer, read on.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/17/161295119/if-gm-apples-dont-brown-how-can-you-tell-if-theyre-rotten

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