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Australian Scientists Develop Apple With Long Shelf Life

Coming Soon: Apples That Don't Rot?

Can you imagine leaving a piece of fruit in the crisper and being able to take a bite out of it after four months? That's the idea behind a new variety of apple that's being tweaked by researchers at Queensland Primary Industries. The RS103-130, as it's called, can stay fresh for at least 14 days without refrigeration, and keep in a refrigerator for four months.

Scientists are touting many benefits behind the fruit's longevity, which comes from incorporating a gene from a black-spot resistant apple. For one, the RS103-130 requires less fungicides; it would also need less cold storage, cutting down on energy costs.

As far as the most important factor — taste — is concerned, developers say the fruit is very sweet, and has come out on top in preliminary taste tests. Does the RS103-130 apple sound convenient, creepy, or both?

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liquidskyfire liquidskyfire 7 years
I think people are far too paranoid. Yes, we should be cautious and make sure the food we eat is safe for consumption, but there's no reason to freak out anytime you hear about food being modified in some way. There's plenty of food we already eat that has been modified... you likely just don't notice. We shouldn't assume modified food is harmLESS, but nor should we assume it's harmFUL. Basically, there's no reason to start screaming "CANCER!!!1" just yet, so chill, people! Also, just because you cannot think of good reasons for long-lasting apples, that doesn't mean there aren't any. These might prove to be a benefit to some people, even if you find them useless.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
creepy. no gene engineering please
merfie23 merfie23 7 years
Eeeewww Creepers! Next they'll be serving us test tube beef!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Creepy to me too. I don't like the idea of genetically altered food either. and I also agree with those that say if you're not eating all the apples you purchase before they go bad, then don't buy as many. Another option is to make somehting with it that has a longer shelflife like applesauce or jam or apple butter.
melissaS melissaS 7 years
creepy - keeping an apple for four months seems wrong
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
I wish apples could last alot longer. I like grannie smith but sometimes I can't get to them all and some of them end up going bad.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I totally agree with Spectra - buy what you need. On that note, I have Debbie Meyer Green Bags and I can keep apples in it for at least 2 months (sometimes more) with no problems at all. Only state this cause friends give us bunchs of apples that hubby and I can't eat or cook with fast enough.
mek123 mek123 7 years
Very creepy.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I honestly don't know how necessary this is. Regular apples keep for at least a month in the fridge...if you aren't eating all the apples you buy in a month, then don't buy as many or start eating them faster. I'm not sure a GM apple that is the biological equivalent of a Twinkie is the best solution to the problem.
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
Yes that's just what we need more GMOs in our food supply. Just eat the darn apples before they rot and get rid of GMOs!
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 7 years
Shoneyjoe, you can laugh about being scared of carrots but the truth is that we really don't know how genetically manipulated food could end up harming us. Studies have shown, for example, that soy beans that were genetically modified using brazil nut genes caused allergic reactions in consumers with brazil nut allergies. I'm not saying it will definitely have adverse effects on everyone, but I think we should be very selective about the kinds of foods we eat. And not all the food I eat is genetically manipulated. I live in Austria and most people here (80%) are very much against the use of genetically manipulated food. In fact, it is even forbidden to produce these foods here so if you buy locally grown fruits and veggies, you can be SURE that they are not manipulated. It is possible to import manipulated foods from other countries, however, but they have to be clearly marked as genetically manipulated with GVO.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I think it's a great idea. We grow enough food to feed the planet currently, one main problem is spoilage during transport. This would be phenomenal at easing that problem. Look, every food we have has been genetically modified. Corn has been made sweeter and more nutritious, carrots were made orange, and peaches were made juicier and easier to pit. Ooh - I'm really scared of my carrots... Aside from rainwater and wild game, there's hardly a thing we could ingest today that hasn't been modified in some way. I am unconcerned.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
say it ain't so!
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 7 years
Creepy, definitely creepy. I'm really not comfortable with the idea of putting genetically manipulated food into my body. We don't really know how it could affect us in the long run.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
My first thought was creepy...
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