GMO and proud of it

04/18/2014 09:16:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

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.

vlboyd@thepacker.com

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Anne T.    
Canada  |  April, 21, 2014 at 08:00 PM

I would like to hear from the Farmers on the Big Island. This is told only from the producers point of view and someone who tasted one of the papayas. Not the whole story. Without both sides of this story, I cannot bring myself to purchase or eat a Hawaiian grown papaya.

Vicky Boyd, Staff Writer    
California  |  April, 21, 2014 at 08:12 PM

That's why this is labeled "opinion." And I have tasted more than one papaya. I have eaten several of both the Rainbow and the related SunUp, which is also a GMO. BTW, Canada approved importation of the Rainbow papaya several years ago after rigorous review.

GregH    
Honolulu, Hawai'i  |  April, 21, 2014 at 08:24 PM

Anne, I've have the opportunity to speak with and listen to a few papaya farmers, and the ones I heard were in agreement that the Rainbow papaya did indeed save the industry. There really isn't any fact based dissent from that. This article is spot on.

Rick L    
Lincoln, NE  |  April, 22, 2014 at 01:31 PM

I've been to Hawaii twice and purchased and consumed some Rainbow papaya while there. Very tasty. I also bought some non gmo and frankly, the Rainbow was more appealing in both texture, color and taste, but that may be because the other was not as fresh. But I'm sure both are fine. I have ordered Rainbow and Sunup from mail order from time to time. Its hard for me to believe I'm eating poison.

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