A petition containing safety data has been filed with the US Department of Agriculture by Okanagan Specialty Fruits seeking approval for the firm's biotech Fuji apple, called the Arctic Fuji, that is designed to resist browning. Okanagan has received marketing authorization for its Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny biotech apples and says its Arctic brand apples are possibly the most well-researched apples available on the market.
Japan's apple growers are aging and not many young people are looking to take over the orchards, a trend that could create new export opportunities for U.S. growers, said Brian Sand, marketing director at Washington-based Auvil Fruit. "They expect a sudden drop in domestic supply of Fuji, and they say it could come faster than what the Japanese government or U.S. thinks -- within five years," he said.
If sticking to a diet plan isn't leading to weight loss, other factors -- such as prescription drugs, an underactive thyroid or polycystic ovarian syndrome -- may be at fault. Also, make sure you are not overestimating the number of calories you burn during workouts and don't skip your diet and exercise routine on weekends, experts say.
Parental habits, the environment and the media affect childhood eating patterns and obesity, but farm-to-school programs can help teach students about nutrition. Community members in California bring locally grown foods to school cafeterias for use in lunch menus, and high-school students can get class credit for doing farm work.
First lady Michelle Obama, teen star Nick Jonas and other celebrities will be featured in The Walt Disney Co.'s "Magic of Healthy Living" campaign to fight childhood obesity. Disney is donating $1 million to build play spaces and gardens in 10 underserved communities nationwide.