Genetically Modified Apples From Canada Poised to Invade U.S.?

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Frankenapples from Canada! The Associated Press reports that a Canadian company has requested U.S. approval for an apple that doesn't turn brown. Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, British Columbia, got the technology from an Australian company who developed it to keep potatoes white by silencing the gene that causes browning. American producers aren't so sure, since the apple's genetically modified label turns off customers. This is the first petition for GM apples in the U.S.

Chef Thomas Keller talked to CNN about the importance of paying people what they're worth, for what their goods are worth. "We have a society today, especially in this country, which really kind of confuses me. -- when we want to have the very best and pay them the very least for it. Didn't your mother ever tell you -- you get what you pay for?"

What can you get for $330,000 at an auction in the casino enclave of Macau in China? Two white truffles, one weighing 14 ounces and the other, two pounds. Huffington Post says that the buyer, Stanley Ho, bought the truffles at an auction held in one of the casinos he owns. His purchase matches the record amount spent on white truffles, which Ho spent on 3.3 pounds of the fungi three years ago.

What's more rare than white truffles? A female butcher! The L Magazine profiles Sara Bigelow, who packed up her life in California three years ago, moved to Brooklyn, and eventually landed a job as a butcher at hipster meat market, Meat Hook, where it's suggested that, "... it might not have hurt that Bigelow is young and pretty," in landing her first unpaid apprenticeship.

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