I can’t be the only one holding out to upgrade to Apple’s iPhone 6! Technology is always changing. As soon as you buy the latest & greatest gadget there’s always a new, improved version! In the early 80’s I remember the day we bought an Apple IIe…that was a BIG deal (I was in Kindergarten…some things you never forget.) The graphics weren’t quite as good as the iPads we use today…love the old green screen. That wasn’t that long ago. My punk is in 1st grade & right or wrong he’s had his own iPod for a few years. He FaceTimes or texts me when I’m gone to a meeting or combining corn to say goodnight. He takes pictures, plays games (someone please explain the Minecraft addiction all the kids have around here), and loves listening to music. He’s 7…what will he see in his lifetime? Technology is exciting!
The technology for other apple companies may be changing/’updating’ too. If approved by the USDA & Food & Drug Administration, there will be genetically modified apples in grocery stores. Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious apples made by Canada’s Okanagan Specialty Fruits have been under review by U.S. regulatory agencies since 2010 and could become the second genetically modified fruit (the Hawaiian papaya was the first) to be allowed in the country. Some are calling them the ‘botox’ apple because they are designed to prevent bruising and browning. But it’s not just for looks according to Okanagan “Not only do they have significant potential to reduce food waste, the resistance to browning results in better taste, texture and likely a retention of healthful components like vitamin C and antioxidants, which are typically burned up in the browning reaction,” says Joel Brooks, Marketing Specialist at Okanagan. Are consumers ready for “GMO” apples? I’m pretty sure people won’t be waiting in line for the latest ‘apple’ like they would for an Apple iphone. For many, biotechnology is a mystery & the media has painted a pretty ugly picture…corn with syringes in it, ‘frankenfood’, etc.
Biotechnology is not just an agricultural thing. In the medical field, biotechnology helps develop new medicines and vaccines, and can be used to use normal genes to target or replace defective genes or boost immunity. That doesn’t sound so bad. If you were diagnosed with cancer wouldn’t you want the best treatments/technology available? Without vaccines we could have epidemics like polio where in the 1940s and 1950s, polio would paralyze or kill over half a million people worldwide every year.
There are many different types of technology that have changed our lives, and I many not be comparing “Apples to apples” but it’s interesting to see how we all WANT (me included) the latest gadget or the best medical treatment but fear technology that could increase the nutritional value of foods and help the environment. We choose to grow GMO corn & soybeans on our farm. Stay tuned…I’ll explain why, and what GMOs do for our farm.