At the risk of being my usual "terse" self: 1.) I would be a lot more worried about this http://www.the-open-mind.com/mit-estimates-half-of-all-children-autistic-in-10-years-due-to-monsanto-1/#fsWKjef2oeh3k4OW.01 (FWIW), and this http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/food-waste-is-becoming-serious-economic-and-environmental-issue-report-says.html?_r=1, and this, http://fruitgrowersnews.com/index.php/news/release/44207, and long URL's :-).
2.) Don't forget the apple-crop posts are archived here: http://email@example.com/ I hope that does not give anyone pause to post, however, you might get a call from NPR. David Doud, your 'water carrying' may have only just begun... 3.) I do think spraying (synthetic, inorganic pesticides to be clear, see #1.) and ladders are the bane of this industry. I am convinced on the latter, could be swayed on the former. That being said, clearly eating apples is healthier than eating (GMO'd) Fritos®. 4.) I read somewhere that the only way the public is going to accept GMO's is if it has a demonstrable benefit to them. Makes sense. They don't give a hoot about any benefit to the farmer. (Well, at least the average public doesn't?) Don't Arctic® Apples fit this scenario? Of course, if we can engineer GMO's so their apples aren't sprayers with synthetic chemical pesticides (see #1.), wouldn't they like that and be of obvious benefit to them? (See #1. again, is there a pattern here?) 5.) How can you argue the fact that if you could offer your customers a better experience by giving them an apple (slice) that does not brown, why would you not endorse that? 6.) What ever happened to BST/BGH push-back and labeling? Ginda, I will let you look that one up. 7.) I do think the apple industry reaction to this is a bit NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). I will have to admit, sometimes the NIMBY's are correct, sometimes they are off-base IMHO. Only the future will tell, and I am through trying to predict that. Good night. Jon On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:53 AM, David Doud <david_d...@me.com> wrote: > Well, I have been to two social events since the GMO 'Arctic apples' have > been in the news - and that is what people want to talk to me about - and > pretty much only that... > > How are you all handling this? My personal opinions aside, I don't want to > 'carry water' for these guys - they aren't going to let me grow them even > if I wanted to and I don't feel inclined to spend my time and credibility > providing them cover and fighting their marketing struggle for them - > > This is going to be a frequently reoccurring issue this season - I've got > an event to go to this afternoon and I am dreading this aspect of it - > > David Doud > grower, IN > below 0*F, way behind on pruning > > _______________________________________________ > apple-crop mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://virtualorchard.net/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop > -- Jon Clements aka 'Mr Honeycrisp' UMass Cold Spring Orchard 393 Sabin St. Belchertown, MA 01007 413-478-7219 umassfruit.com
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