The result was the Rainbow papaya, a yellow-fleshed hybrid resistant to the ringspot virus that was first planted in 1998 after rigorous federal review. Canada began importing the variety in 2003, and even Japan approved it for sale on Dec. 1, 2011. More than 75% of the islands’ acreage now is planted to Rainbow.
Since the first tree was planted, Hawaiian growers have harvested more than 260 million pounds of Rainbow.
Having feasted on that variety while in Hawaii, I can attest that this is a sweet success story, and it’s all due to GMOs.
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