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I presume Holly is referring to the theory (fact?) that DNA becomes more flawed with each replication. Most Stands SPN Family Love Shirt Back For Limited Time apple trees are propagated through cuttings rather than seed because the seeds do remain true to the parent plant. A tree planted as a whip this year could have been taken from one planted 10 years before which was taken from one planted 10 years before…but they are all essentially from the same tree without new genes from a pollenizer.
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Holly Clark with citrus, it’s has known the bacterial disease. Check Citrus greening disease. In the case of the apples, apparently, they haven’t been able to find a pathogen. That and alot of the newer apple trees planted from seed. Are genetically engineered to have certain characteristics like a bigger robust apple.. that the industry has been known to coat apples in colored wax to increase appeal. I have yet to find an apple coated in colored wax. I do know all apples naturally produce a waxy coating that can be shined up with a soft cloth till you can basically see your own reflection in it.
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If it’s just one strain it might be a missing gene, which makes it vulnerable to certain diseases or weak against environmental changes. Can we please acknowledge the important thing here: I NEED my damn apple cider and if we run out of apples I will be one cranky little shit. But really guys this is a multifaceted issue everything people have pointed out probably contributes it’s a matter of shifting to sustainable practices across the board. This has to be a joint effort not JUST shifting to renewables, or JUST stopping pesticide use, or JUST changing land use/water use regulation, or JUST saving the bees.
What about all the shit we spray on fruit-bearing trees weakening their genetic ability to fight disease or just destroying their DNA altogether over time? We should explore that possibility, Monsanto. I heard there was a fella running about the orchards of America spraying something about. In one instance, as he ran off into the darkness someone Stands SPN Family Love Shirt Back For Limited Time heard him cry, “Remember me, for I am Johnny Apple Isopropylamine Salt of Glyphosate!” All my apple trees died because we had drought for several years that weakened them then a case of fire blight came thru and finally wiped them out.